A brief introduction to the process, with examples.
Cutting the plate to size.
Preparing the plate ( hard ground).
Laying the ground.
Smoking the ground.
Transferring your design to the plate.
Making your mark on the plate.
Etching the 1st lines in Nitric Acid
Gradation of line and how to achieve them.
Stoping out the design.
Cleaning and bevelling the plate.
Preparing the paper for printing.
Cleaning the plate prior to aquatint.
Laying the aquatint.
Examples of aquatint.
The principles of aquatint
Stoping out your design.
Gradation of bite.
Liquidity & fluidity.
Proofing your plate.
Preparing your paper for printing.
Mixing your inks.
Editioning your print.
Positioning the print / registration
Care of your finished prints.
Drying the prints.
Included in the course fee:-
A comprehensive list of
current suppliers of materials.
Printing inks and consumables
Once you have completed a course at Bracken Press Print - workshop and you want to continue with your printmaking projects and you do not have ready access to any printing equipment you will be welcome to use the facilities at Bracken Press Print- workshop on a daily fee basis with materials charged at cost.
Several artists already make use of the facilities at Bracken Press to either edition more prints of an existing image or to create new images.