Design & Illustration

Charbonnel Soft Black Ball Ground

Pack Size:            Not applicable - Solid
Contains:             Judea bitumen, pitch resin, tallow, beeswax
Dry extract:          52%
Finish:                  Satin opaque
Hardness:            Supple
Consistency:       Paste
Characteristics:  Soft lines and textural effects

How to Use:         
A painting dabber is recommended for application. It is applied hot.

Plate Cleaning:     
Before applying these grounds, it is imperative that all grease be removed from the plate with a degreasing material.  Rinse under flowing water. Pour a solution of vinegar and salt on the plate. Rinse once again. Dry rapidly. Avoid putting fingers on the plate whilst carrying out these operations.

Soft Grounds:         
Soft grounds protect the plate. They are non-drying grounds, applied with a painting dabber or roller. Textures and materials pressed into their non-drying surface will lift off, leaving the metal bared, ready for the bite of the acid. The plate must be heated before application. The "Pencil Method" consists of drawing with a hard point on "laid" paper applied over the soft ground. The paper sticks to the drawn parts. After the bite of the acid, a pencil stroke effect is obtained.

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