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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.


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