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Etching with Copper Sulphate

12th November @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

£35.00 – £70.00

On this one day workshop you will explore the basics of etching metal printing plates such as zinc and aluminium using hard wax grounds and copper sulphate solution.

Etching is an intaglio printmaking process where etched lines or grooves are created on a metal surface which are then inked up and printed from using an etching press. Using copper sulphate to etch is a much safer and less toxic alternative to using traditional nitric acid to etch copper plates.

You will be guided through the process in a step by step way and will have the opportunity to use etching tools such as scribes and roulette wheels to create different marks on the plate. You’ll learn how to use oil based inks, how to soak and prepare paper along with some registration techniques.

What experience do I need?

This workshop is suitable for an absolute beginner or someone who has some previous experience but would like a refresher of the process.

What will I make?

You will come away with a small series of intaglio prints onto A5 paper using A6 metal plates. There will be the opportunity to try different papers and different coloured inks when printing.

Who is my tutor?

Kirstie Williams is a founding member of Leeds Print Workshop. She is a practising designer and printmaker, creating both textile and paper based work. She studied MA Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art in 2010 and completed a PGCE teaching qualification at the University of Huddersfield in 2014. She is passionate about bringing together a creative community in Leeds through the running and development of Leeds Print Workshop.

Do I need to bring anything?

All equipment and materials will be provided. If you have any small drawings or images you would like to use for inspiration then feel free to bring these along, otherwise you can look through our examples and resources for ideas on the day.


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12th November
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
£35.00 – £70.00
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If I can't attend can I get a refund?

We will refund you, less a 10% admin fee, if you cancel no less than 14 days before the start of the course, after this time no refunds will be issued. Transfers are also possible up until 14 days before the start of the course. By making a booking you are agreeing to our full course terms and conditions which can be found on our website here.

What if the course is cancelled?

We reserve the right to cancel the course for any reason (for example, insufficient bookings). We will endeavour to give at least 7 days notice if the course is cancelled and in the event of cancellation we will, of course, issue you a full refund.


Our aim is to bring printmaking to as many people as possible. By their nature, some printmaking processes involve an amount of physical effort. Leeds Print Workshop is based in a basement studio at Patrick Studios, a bespoke venue for artists operated by East Street Arts. It is wheelchair accessible, with a lift, larger than standard doors and accessible toilet facilities. We recognise that everybody’s accessibility needs may differ, therefore please email us at hello@leedsprintworkshop.org to discuss any concerns you may have before booking. There is one blue badge car parking space to the side of the building on Rider Street, subject to availability.

Please note: we regret that, for safety reasons, only those over the age of 16 will be permitted to undertake the course.

Course Price Concessions

Leeds Print Workshop currently offers half price concession tickets for those on certain income-based state benefits, which are subsidised by funding from Leeds City Council. To be eligible you must be in receipt of state benefits and be able to provide evidence. See our price concession webpage for further information.

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