Etching 201: Color

Open to anyone with prior intaglio experience, this course reinforces and builds on basic etching and intaglio processes like using hard and soft ground, aquatint, scraping, burnishing and dry point, and proper inking and printing techniques.

The priority of this class is for artists to become comfortable and confident integrating color into their prints. Students will learn how to plan multiple color and multiple plate prints to achieve their desired palette and a range of tones. Demonstrations will cover basic color theory, ink mixing, transferring drawings between plates, and advanced registration techniques. Students will also be able to take advantage of chine colle and a la poupee inking to integrate even more color to their prints.

In this condensed 5-week course, each student will be provided two 8” x 10” copper plates to be used for a single multiple-plate image. Students should plan to bring a drawing to the first class as a starting point for their key plate. Through out the class, students will develop the two plates, side-by-side, proofing as needed.

The ultimate objective is for everyone to complete a small edition of colorful prints, all in register, consistently inked, and ready to share with the world!