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Full Price: £170 / £140 concession

This course covers the use of Photec as an acid resist. Photec is a photopolymer film that can be adhered to a metal plate, exposed to a positive artwork on acetate, and developed in such a way that it can produce accurate photographic acid resist. This then allows a photographic image to be etched into a copper plate. The real advantage of this is that the photographic image, once bitten into the surface of the plate can be further worked into using other etching techniques. For this reason, previous etching experience is helpful but not compulsory.

Select a date:

  • 7 & 8 December 2019

Time: Saturday and Sunday 10.15am - 5.30pm

Class size: 8

Materials: Included

Tutor: Jessica Crisp

Course Level: 3 star, Intermediate

To book a place on one of our courses, payment must be made in full. We recommend booking online to guarantee a place.

If you have an enquiry please email your enquiry here please phone 0131 557 2479 to pay by card or in person at Edinburgh Printmakers, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm.

More about the course

During the course participants will prepare their artwork digitally to be printed onto acetate and produce and print one photo etching plate on copper, they will also learn how to apply aquatint which can help to strengthen photo etching images. The size of the plates will be 152 x 203mm (6 X 8 inches)

  • Introduction and overview of the process
  • Looking at print examples
  • Plate preparation
  • Preparation of digital artwork for photo etching
  • Application of Photec onto a copper plate
  • Exposing plates
  • Developing plates
  • Etching copper plates
  • Application of aquatint and safe use of aquatint booth
  • Paper preparation
  • Inking up the plate and printing, safe use of the press
  • Clearing up after printing
  • Introduction to studio practice and working in the studio after the course