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Easy Etching on Aluminum with Copper Sulfate

Chalfin_barn_doorLiz Chalfin
Saturday & Sunday, March 5 & 6, 2016, 10-5
$275 non-members $245 members
$35 materials fee includes plates, paper, inks

Aluminum is an easily accessible, inexpensive metal that can be etched safely using the salt compound Copper Sulfate.  In this workshop, you’ll learn how to mix the Copper Sulfate mordant, how to prepare the metal and how to make both linear and painterly images.  One of the beautiful aspects of this way of etching is that the aluminum creates its own aquatint when etched, removing the need for any kind of etching ground.  This means that you can use a brush dipped in Copper Sulfate directly on the plate to create beautiful painterly marks.  We’ll work on several plates, exploring the rich potential of this way of etching and print them individually and together with color inks.  This workshop is great for beginners who want an introduction to etching, or for experienced etchers who want to learn how to use a new metal and mordant.

$275 + $35 materials ‐ Non‐Members

$245 + $35 materials ‐ Members