ONE-OF-A-KIND AQUATINT INTAGLIO PRINT BY KYLE SIMON
Kyle Simon is a Brooklyn-based artist, illuminator, and storyteller. Kyle has always been interested in the cosmos and outer space, and created this series of prints inspired by the Golden Record. Your new original print was created using intaglio printing techniques3. Kyle starts with a mirrorfinished copper plate coated with asphaltum and then draws the lines of the planet shape with dental tools, a drawing compass, and etching pens. “The lines are the recorded history of each of the planets. Their songs. They start at the center and extend outward, like a record.” - Kyle Simon After the plate is etched in ferric chloride acid,
Kyle begins a process called aquatint, where the plate is lightly dusted with roisin, creating an acid-resistant dot pattern. He achieves values from light to dark by varying the length of time parts of the plate are exposed to acid. The rosin is then cleaned off, and the plate is inked and wiped. On a separate steel plate, Kyle individually paints his vision of different planets, some are based on known planets, and some are more distant spheres imagined in the mind. He runs the painted steel plate through an etching press, onto dampened Magnaini Pesci paper, and then replaces it with the inked copper plate. Copper plate and paper get run back through the press. For these prints, Kyle has chosen the colors Cerulean, Prussian, Veridian, Bone Black, Solferino, Silver, Gold, and Copper.