A Carbon ink print is a black and white image created with a
professional high-resolution inkjet printer, utilizing six shades
of carbon-pigment monochromatic inks. The use of carbon inks
on paper can be traced to the 1760's with the invention of the
Aquatint process. A plate was wiped with ink and an etching
press was used to squeeze the plate onto a sheet of paper,
which transferred the ink dots to the paper. Today I use an inkjet
printer to deliver the ink to the paper. This process can produce
tonal subtleties previously associated with the finest platinum
prints. The best of these are essentially dotless and continuous
tone. Carbon is an extremely stable element, and when applied
to fine art rag paper, its archival properties rank among the best
of any printmaking process.