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Soy Wax Soft Ground Etching

Winter Cold

Larinda Meade, “Winter Cold”

Louise Kohrman
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 10-5
$140 non-members $125 members
$25 materials fee includes plate, ground, paper and inks.

Soft ground etching, a technique developed in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, produces imagery with soft lines and textures, created by drawing and etching through a soft wax coating on a metal plate. Once etched, these marks produce a breadth of soft lines and interesting textures. At Zea Mays Printmaking we have perfected a safe soft ground using soy wax and lithography ink. This ground has surpassed any other we have tried in it’s open time, fidelity of mark and ease of use. Learn how to make, apply, and etch the ground in this one-day intensive workshop. We will explore the myriad of ways one can apply texture and line directly into the plate to achieve an unlimited variety of marks. You will be equipped with handouts and come away with the tools to use soft ground in your work going forward. Expect to create a series of small test plates and become well-versed in the chemistry and technique of this versatile medium!  Some previous intaglio experience recommended.

$140 + $25 materials fee ‐ Non‐Members

$125 + $25 materials fee ‐ Members