A Fall class offering at Tholepin Press: Etching for Beginners. This class will explore various Intaglio techniques, both linear and tonal. The focus is on Line Etching using zinc or copper plates. Aquatint and Soft Ground will also be discussed as well as the direct techniques of Engraving and Drypoint. It begins Tuesday, Oct. 18th, and meets for 5 weeks through Nov. 15th. 6 – 9 pm. Cost $185. Learn the traditional etching technique practiced by Rembrandt and Whistler. Basic drawing skills are required for this class.

Intaglio is the incising of a design into or beneath the surface of a hard material. In Etching, this design is created through the action of acids, hence “etching.”

Materials needed for class:

  • Etching needle. Wooden handle No. 1 round point.
  • 16 gauge. Zinc plate, 5″ x 7″ or larger. At least one.
  • Brasso metal polish, 8 oz. can.
  • Drawing paper and pencils.
  • 3 inch “bent” Burnisher.
  • Scraper, 3 inch flat.
Brasso can be had at Kroger or Home Depot, etc.  The tools and plates I will seek to have stocked locally at The Art Supply Depo.
If time allows, also check Graphic Chemical and Ink and E.C. Lyons at their respective websites. Wonderful places to get ALL manner of Printmaking equipment, plates, inks and papers. You can also try Dick Blick, Daniel Smith, Cheap Joe’s, Jerry’s Artarama.


  • Tuesday and Thursday 6 – 10 pm.
  • Saturday 1 – 5 pm.


Working independently without instruction:

  • $15 per 4 hour open session.
  • $35 per 3 consecutive (a week of) open sessions
  • $90 per 4 week period

Enrolled college students with current I.D.

  • $10 per 4 hour open session
  • $25 per 3 consecutive (one week of) open sessions
  • $65 per 4 week period

Use of Print Facility outside of set studio hours – $45.00 per 8 hour day. $8/hr. Other times by appointment. It is recommended that you call 419-243-4944 in advance to assure access.

Over time, pricing will be re-evaluated based on the costs of supplies, overhead, maintenance, etc.

At Tholepin we are dedicated to providing a quality creative experience at an affordable price.

All Printmakers must have had previous instruction in their technique of choice and must be able to display adequate proficiency  and familiarity with appropriate equipment.

A CONTRACT and WAIVER are signed to insure the safety and commitment of both the user and Tholepin.



Vertical and horizontal storage slots and a flat file drawer are available to those taking classes or using the facility on a monthly basis.

NO Metal Plates, inks or liquids in flat file drawers, please.


Intaglio Presses:

  • American French Tool 24″ x 48″
  • American French Tool 30″ x 52″
  • Charles Brand 16″ x 30″.

Relief Press:

  • 1890 Paul Shneidewend & Co. Washington Proofing Press 17″ x 22″ bed.

Lithography Presses:

  • Fuchs & Lang  lithography press. Bed 28″ 40″.
  • 13 foot long 1890’s French Oak Chassis press. Motorized. Bed 40″ x 54″


Ventilated acid booth. Ventilated spray booth. Etching blankets (felts). Two 27.5 x 36 inch Graphic Chemical hot plates. Two types of aquatint boxes. Tarletons for Black ink. Metal files. C-clamps. Paper Soaking trays. Light tables. 2 drying racks. Ink spatulas and inking slabs. Rulers. Paper cutters. Bench hooks. Sharpening stone. Screen washout area w/power washer (for water-based inks), Vacuum table and exposure units.

-Printmakers have access to limited space in the shop refrigerator and Microwave for snacks. Your items are to be removed from the fridge at the end of each session.


Reasonable use of Paper towels, Rubber Gloves and Newsprint. Craft and butcher paper rolls on dispensers. Nitric acid bath (Zinc). Dutch Mordant (copper). Basic solvents (Gum Turpentine, Mineral Spirits, Denatured Alcohol. Stop-out varnish. Liquid hard ground. Ball ground. Soft ground. Cleaners: Hand Cleaner, Simple green, vegetable oil. Black ink. Ink modifiers Plate oil, Mag, Talc. Phone books for wiping.

Users are encouraged to provide personal supplies: Plates, proofing/printing paper, tools, newsprint, inks, respirator, gloves, blotters, gum tape, stop-out varnish brushes, metal polish, spray lacquer aquatint, color inks, tarleton for color inks, buckets, sponges, etc.,.



(Hindu Temple and Valentine Theatre Mural Artist)

This class is about giving you the “tools” needed to accurately represent what you see in front of you. If you think you can’t draw, or if you’ve been away from it for awhile, this is the class for you! If  your drawing has gotten to a certain level, but, you find that you are not getting any better, this class is for you. The material is presented in a very structured, deliberate and step-by-step approach that will build your technical and perceptual skills from one class to the next. The material presented in each class can be handled in a simple or sophisticated manner so that even more advanced students will be challenged

September 26th – October 24th

-Five weeks of Monday evenings.


-COST: $160.

Classes are held at Tholepin Press and Studios at 210 Elm St.
Elevator accessible.
Free parking.

Supplies will be kept to a minimum. An 18 x 24 inch 100 page pad of Newsprint (Preferably Smooth) and 6 “Ebony Pencils” is all you will need. Everything else is supplied.  Seating will be first-come-first-served and numbers will be kept low to maximize one-on-one instruction.

Those enrolled are also permitted to attend, free of charge during the course,  the weekly Figure Drawing Group that meets each Wednesday from 6pm – 9pm .

Prepayment is recommended to insure a spot.
If you are interested or have any questions please call:
Or Email Paul @: www.tholepinpress.com or compufool13@aol.com

General Material covered : “Blind” and Modified Contour drawing – Gesture drawing – Measuring with the pencil and assessing proportions – Drawing still life and symmetrical objects using primary and secondary axes – Cross Contour and the representation of surface form – One, Two and Three Point Perspective – Light/Shadow Structure and Basic Value Development.

Tholepin Press and Paul Geiger’s studio are located along the river at 210 Elm St. – Just North of Downtown Toledo. It is the only door on Elm St. between Summit St. And Water St.

New Equipment: A Generous Gift

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Tholepin Press and Studios at 210 Elm Street, Toledo OH was recently the recipient of some of the late Carolyn Autry Elloian’s printmaking equipment including inks, brushes, felts, acids, grounds, rosin, etc. 
…BUT,  most especially her new aquatint box.

Carolyn Autry's Aquatint Box

Carolyn’s meticulous aquatints are PERFECTION!! The aquatint box was made by the Polymetaal Co. in the Netherlands and is a wonderful addition to our shop. For those of you who were students of Mr. Elloian’s and knew his amazing wife, I don’t have to explain to you what an honor this is. For those of you who never had the cherished experience, no explanation is adequate. Master Printmakers and Master People of the highest order.
I am most grateful to Mr. Peter Elloian for his cosiderable generosity! It will be put to great use, and, thoughts and ispiration of the Elloians will be ever present. 

Where Is Tholepin?

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Formerly Water Street Printmakers, Tholepin Press is on the North side of Downtown Toledo between Summit and The Maumee River at 210 Elm Street. We’re on the 4th floor. All the way up.

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