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Introduction to Etching with BIG

untitled 2Louise Kohrman
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 10-5
$140 non-members $125 members
$25 materials fee includes plate, paper and ink

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Baldwin Intaglio Ground (BIG) is produced by printmaker Andrew Baldwin of Trefeglwys Print Studio in Wales, UK as a substitute for the 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. In this workshop, 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. We’ve been using it for years at Zea Mays as our primary ground because of its reliability and versatility.  Basic etching in ferric chloride mordant will be introduced, including stop-out techniques, and printing of the plates. This class will focus on technical mastery rather than image making and students can expect to make a small series of test plates.  This is a great introduction to line etching, using a new etching ground or a refresher for those already working with BIG.

All materials including copper plates, ink and paper included. No prior printmaking experience required