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An Introduction to Less Toxic Etching Processes with Mai Osawa – Weekend 8/9 February 2020

8th February 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM GMT


This weekend course is suitable for everyone, from beginners to those who would like the opportunity to learn the less toxic processes we employ in our Etching Room at Ochre Print Studio.

Instead of acid we use Ferric Chloride to etch our copper plates and etch Aluminium or Zinc plates with Copper Sulphate using BIG (Baldwins Ink Ground) and a self-contained booth with a spray gun for applying Aquatint instead of the traditional dusting of rosin, which is highly toxic. We even eschew the use of White Spirit in the studio, preferring to use vegetable oil to clean up and a very diluted spray of Fairy Liquid to finish with, although we also permit use of Lincoln Wash and Citri-wash for those who prefer these.

Over the weekend, Mai will teach you how to prepare your plate with BIG and create a hard ground needle line. She will show you how to ink up and print proof print with your etched plates. She will then show you how to add tonal values to your plate with aquatint, stop-out and stage-bite techniques. Mai will include demonstrations on different inking methods on your plates, including ‘colour blending’, ‘à la poupée’, and the use of Chine-collé.

All the basic materials are provided on the course with additional plates/paper available to purchase from the studio shop.

Date: Weekend 8/9 February
Times: 10am to 4pm
Cost: £140 / Members £130

Open Access Etching Club

We appreciate that reinforcing skills learned on our etching courses in a supportive environment improves confidence and independent printmaking within our community of printmakers.

If you are an Ochre Print Studio member, after the course you will be able to continue using our etching facilities during our Open Access sessions on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  On most Saturdays, an etching technician, Mai Osawa or Sarah Cliff, will be on duty during Open Access Etching Club from 10am to 2pm.

For details on becoming an Ochre Print Studio Member (£36/year) and booking Open Access sessions (£16/session plus materials), please click here.



8th February 2020
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM GMT
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Ochre Print Studio, Lockwood Centre
Westfield Road, Slyfield Industrial Estate
Guildford, Surrey GU1 1RR United Kingdom
07930 384753
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