Plexi Magic: Drypoint and Carborundum Collagraph Printing

Drypoint etching is one of the oldest printmaking methods. Through the various centuries, the process has remained the same. Without the use of an acid, the image is carved into a plate, or a matrix, with a hard-pointed needle.

In this workshop we will be creating drypoint prints from plexi (max size 22×30 inches) and printing with soy based Akua Ink on an etching press. This ink can be cleaned up with water and without the use of solvents. Using carborundom and glue we will create tonal areas on our plates that will add to our drypoint marks. We will be making a small print edition from these plates. Depending on the approach, each print can be unique or be part of multiple print edition.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place in our building with strict social distancing protocols and reduced student capacity. Please see our COVID-19 community safety policies.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for fall term assistance is Monday, August 29th. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Friday, September 2nd.

What you will learn:

  • Learn the drypoint etching printmaking method and techniques

  • Learn to make marks with hard-pointed needle and how to best achieve tonal range

  • Learn to try a variety of scales, thinking through scale and design, handing a variety of sized paper and plates

  • Learn techniques for mixing ink, inking, wiping, and proofing prints.

  • Make a small edition of your plate and learn about final presentation methods

Required supplies:

  • No need to bring supplies to the first class. We will discuss the supplies during the first class.

  • Plexi sheets in various sizes (student choice), max 22×30 inches

  • Etching needle

  • Stonehenge paper 22×30 inches (min. 4 sheets)