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Sugar Lift

A process used in conjunction with aquatint in which the artist paints a positive design onto a plate with a solution of sugar, water and ink. The plate is then covered with a thin coat of acid-resist varnish, left to dry and then submerged in lukewarm water. As the sugar dissolves it lifts the varnish off the plate, exposing the bare surface beneath. The exposed area is then covered with aquatint and bitten.

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