Color Etching

Come explore basic color etching techniques and learn how to achieve a wide tonal range and detail in your images while exploring non-traditional (non-toxic) ways to approach etching. Using copper plates you will learn to etch and print your images in both opaque and transparent color. Multiple color plate registration, projects, collaboration, and experimentation will be encouraged along with developing innovative tools for your mark making. You will get demonstrations and hands-on practice in: copper plate preparation, ground application (soft and hard ground), photographic solar plate, inking, and printing on a press to create an edition. This class is suited for beginners, and also offers intermediate students an opportunity for a deeper exploration of the medium including spray paint aquatint, soft ground etching, photographic solar plate techniques, and acrylic resist techniques. Historical and contemporary artists will be introduced throughout the class.

What you will learn:

  • Knowledge of the history and contemporary practice of etching

  • Techniques in mixing color ink, and adding modifiers

  • Non-toxic techniques including acrylic hard ground resists, soft ground resists, photographic solar plate etching, wax crayon, butter, and lipstick resist etching, spray paint aquatints

  • Unconventional and innovative tools for creating marks on a plate

  • Making editions, multiples, simple registration techniques, and further working knowledge about printmaking

  • How to collaborate in the print shop

Required supplies:

  • Copper plate and a scriber etching needle. The supplies below will be necessary later on.

  • Paper – Rives BFK Arches or Stonehenge

  • Newsprint 18×24 pad

  • Rags (old T-shirts)

  • Recycled glass containers