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An Introduction to Less Toxic Etching with Mai Osawa – Weekend 19/20 June

19th June 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM BST


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 19/20 June
Times: 10am to 4pm
Cost: £180/ Members £170

* Places on this course are limited to 4 and it is essential that you are willing to wear a mask in the studio to conform to our current Covid-19 protocol.

**Andrew Baldwin helped us to set up our etching facility using non-toxic chemicals and processes – check out his website and tutorials here

Information about Open Access and Mai’s monthly 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 become an Ochre Print Studio member after the course you will be able to continue using our etching facilities during open access and/or sign up for Mai’s exclusive monthly ‘Etching Club’ sessions on Sundays. Mai will give you the full details of this opportunity when you attend her course.


19th June 2021
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM BST
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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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