Non Toxic Etching Weekend Course

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This course explores the principles of electro and saline sulphate etching

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Non Toxic Etching Weekend Course

Tutor: Don Braisby

Electro Etching: This recently rediscovered process for making both intaglio and relief printing plates is said to be the least hazardous of all the etching techniques available. Its ability to make painterly and calligraphic marks make it a great alternative to other etching methods.

Saline Sulphate Etching: This courses explores an experimental etching process, which uses saline sulphate mordant. Saline sulphate mordant has been introduced into print studios in recent years as a safe alternative to the traditional nitric acid etching.

The course introduces the equipment needed for electro-etching and plating and saline sulphate etching and how to set it up and use the techniques safely. Participants learn how to set up their work space, use tools and techniques for creative plate making, prepare materials and ink, and print multiple prints. Participants also gain a working knowledge of electro-etching using electrolysis. Participants finish the course having created a series of prints.

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Cork Printmakers is a print studio providing artists a creative and well-equipped environment in which to work, and offering audiences a diverse and inclusive environment in which to experience, appreciate, understand and enjoy art. As a resource organisation, it generates professional development opportunities to members and guest artists. Through its showcasing function, it produces and presents art by it's members through it's exhibition programme. It plays a key role in the cultural ecology of Cork and is recognised for its activity in Ireland and internationally.

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