Etching with Copper Sulphate
3rd August @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm£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.