Solar Plate Etching

Solar plate etching is a simple, safe, and fast approach to traditional etching. Using photo-based transparencies or hand-drawn transparencies create plates that will be editioned as multiple prints. Solar plate etching does not require the use of ground, acids, or solvents. It is exposed with UV light and developed with ordinary water.

What you will learn:

  • Creating images for solar plate

  • Creating positives

  • Exposing solar plates with UV light box

  • How to tear paper and prep for printing

  • How to print multiple prints from a solar plate

Required supplies:

  • Sketchbook and pencil

  • Oil based sharpie (black)

  • Solar plate (4×6″ or 4×8″) purchased through the instructor

  • Paper – Rives BFK Arches