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Coffee Lift and Spit Bite Etching on Aluminum

Andrew Baldwinspit_3
Saturday & Sunday, September 27-28, 10-5
$275 non-members  $250 members
$25 materials fee due the first day of the workshop

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BIG ground inventor Andrew Baldwin returns to Zea Mays Printmaking to share some more fantastic things one can do with the BIG etching ground.  In this case, painterly etching with Copper Sulfate on aluminum.  This workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore an immediate, spontaneous and versatile technique with all the natural graduations of tone associated with spit bite without the hassle of having to use an aquatint.  Aluminum is a relatively inexpensive metal.  

This workshop will familiarize participants with the ins and outs of working with this material for safe etching. The workshop will begin with a painterly approach to mark making – the Coffee Lift. This technique is a substitute for traditional sugar lift.  But in this case, we skip the step of aquatint because aluminum plates can be etched with Copper Sulfate, a safe-to-use chemical that one can paint directly onto the plate to create an aquatint tone – no rosin, or spray needed.

Andrew will teach participants how to do the Coffee Lift, Spit Bite with Copper Sulfate, various stop out options and his signature “double-drop” printing technique whereby you can create a print with a multitude of color from a single plate.