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Introduction to Etching with BIG

Louise Kohrman
Saturday & Sunday, September 16-17, 2017, 10-5
$275 non-members $245 members
$35 materials fee includes plates, ink, and paper

Etching is a fabulous printmaking technique where you use chemistry to incise a hand drawn image into a metal plate for printing. This workshop will focus on technical mastery and image making in etching. We will spend the weekend experimenting together through demonstrations and printing exercises.

You will learn how to apply BIG to a copper printing plate and manipulate it as a hard ground and as a soft ground, to achieve a variety of line and texture. Basic etching in ferric chloride mordant will be introduced, including stop-out techniques. We will work in black and white and you will learn basic intaglio printing techniques.

Baldwin Intaglio Ground (BIG) is produced by printmaker Andrew Baldwin of Trefeglwys Print Studio in Wales, UK as a substitute for toxic traditional grounds. There are many advantages of BIG in the intaglio studio such as the ability to use it as both a hard and soft ground. We’ve been using it for years at Zea Mays Printmaking as our primary ground because of its reliability and versatility.  

All materials including copper plates, ink and paper are included, but you are welcome to bring any etching tools to the workshop. While the plates we develop will serve as test plates, you are welcome to bring a small sketch or idea to work from.

$275 + $35 materials fee ‐ Non‐Members

$245 + $35 materials fee ‐ Members