Solar plate etching is a versatile and non-toxic medium that produces results akin to the finest etchings. Photopolymer plates can be exposed to a variety of film media: photographic transparencies (traditional darkroom, digital, or photocopy transparency) or images hand drawn on textured acetate, or combinations of both. After exposure, the plates are developed, etched in water, cured and printed on an etching press.
The course will also cover photo etching onto copper plates coated with PurEtch film. Apart from etching the copper plate in ferric chloride, the method is chemical-free. Photo etching has come a long way from the hazardous chemicals once used. Registration techniques for multi-plate printing will also be demonstrated. No previous experience necessary.
SOLAR PLATE AND PHOTO INTAGLIO
Fridays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
September 21 - October 19 (5 weeks)
Limited to 8 students
*Includes 15 hours of open workshop time
Anthony Kirk, a master printer, teacher and artist, has for several years collaborated with Wolf Kahn in the printing of his monotypes using textured plates, water based Akua inks and Caran d’Ache water soluble crayons.