Welcome to the Bracken Press PRINT-workshop website
Individual courses for print-makers, in intaglio (etching, drypoint, aquatint)
& block printing & wood engraving (lino-prints, surface printing) & letterpress
Etching & Aquatint 2 Day Course
9.30 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
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.
Course dates for 2019
Max 3 people per course
18th & 19th May ( fully booked)
15th & 15th June ( fully booked)
27th & 28th July (2 places available)
24th & 25th August ( fully booked)
Cost of course £175.00
Rochat Etching Press.
Bed size 26 x 48 inches.
Purchased in 1977.
Design based on 1840 press, cast iron, manually operated, prints copper engravings, intaglio (etching) plates, also can be used to print colographs etc.
Rolling action; as the wheel is turned the press bed moves between two rollers. Plates have to re inked after every impression by hand.
Manufactured by Harry Rochat who is still making them and recently has manufactured a brand new Albion type press, the first for over 100 years.
This introductory course will introduce you to etchings with hands on experience. Traditionaal etching techniques of hard and soft ground will be explored.
At the end of the two days intensive course you should have printed several proofs of your design and a limited edition of at least 10 prints which you will have printed to take home with you.