Introduction to Etching


This one-day course is designed to give you an understanding of the basic principles of etching. You will be taken through two different techniques, hardground and softground. Each technique produces a different effect. Hardground will give you fine lines and is great for detailed drawing, softground will give you a soft line similar to a pencil or pastel mark.

Both techniques will involve making a drawing on to a metal plate which will then be etched into the metal by an acid. The resulting recesses on the plate are then filled with ink and the image is printed using an etching press. During the day you will learn how to prepare the plates, transfer your images and use acids to etch the designs into the metal. You will then ink up the plate and use a press to make several prints using specialist printmaking papers.

Tutor: Alex McIntosh

Skill level: No experience required

Dates: Saturday 30 September

Time: 10.00 - 16.00

We will send you details of how to find us and what to bring with you when we process your booking.

You can book online here by credit card or using Paypal, over the phone if you wish to pay by card or call into Northern Print Tues-Fri 10am-5pm or Sat 12noon-4pm where you can pay by card or cash. For up to date details on the availability of places please call us on 0191 261 7000.


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Northern Print members who wish to book using your 10% discount, please contact us on 0191 2617000 or to reserve your place. 

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