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An Introduction to Photopolymer Etching with Sarah Cliff – This course has been postponed until the Autumn

21st March 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM GMT


Photopolymer plates produce finely detailed, tonally rich, etched images from drawings or digital/photographic images.

During this one day workshop you will have the opportunity to expose two A5 images onto photopolymer plates and to make a number of prints from each.

Photopolymer plates are coated with light-sensitive resin. A tonally rich acetate image is placed on the plat, exposed to UV light and developed in water.  Darker areas become etched into the plate.  The plate is then inked up and printed on damp paper using an etching press. The print will produce a range of grey tones and considerable photographic detail.

After proofing, the plate can be further altered using drypoint techniques. There will be time to add colour using different inking techniques. You will also have the opportunity to make a small edition of a plate.

Prior to the workshop, your digital images need to be be printed onto acetate using an inkjet or laser printer and brought with you to the workshop. Printable acetate can be obtained from stationery and craft suppliers such as Hobbycraft. Your images can be printed in full colour or tonal shades of grey. If you have any difficulty producing your printed acetates, please get in touch with Sarah : sarah.cliff@ochreprintstudio.co.uk

Alternatively you can draw onto acetate, or textured polyester drafting film (Mark Resist or True-Grain) using a number of opaque and translucent media such as ink or oil-based crayons. Mark Resist and True-Grain are both available in the studio.

Date: Saturday 21 March
Time: 10am to 5pm
Cost: £90 / Members £85

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 your photopolymer printmaking 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 and booking Open Access sessions, please click here.


21st March 2020
10:00 AM - 5:00 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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