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Traditional aquatints are made similar to the way etchings are made. By scratching and cutting through a layer of resist that is coated on a metal plate, the underlying metal is exposed to acid, which eats the metal away at a predictable rate, depending on the choice of metal and acid. The plate is covered with ink and wiped with a cloth to remove all the ink from the highest plateau of metal. A piece of paper is dampened and pressed against the plate. Ink seeps into the paper grains under pressure of the press. What is left is an image where the original scratchings are remarkably preserved, because the deeper the scratch, the more ink is held, and the darker the image at that point.