Etching - Line and Tone


Etching - Line and Tone

from 125.00

This small course with lots of hands-on personal attention introduces students to a variety of mark-making and printing techniques in etching. Suitable for beginners.


Upcoming Sessions:

  • January 27 - February 2
  • April 21 - April 28


$200 for two-session full course, $125 for the first introductory session, which can be taken as a stand alone.

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About the course

Whether you've never made a print before or you're an artist brushing up your etching skills, the first session of this course will have you completing your own multi-state print from start to finish, exploring drypoint, hardground, and softground techniques for making line etchings. In the second session, learn to make plates with a rich tonal range using aquatint and allied techniques of sugarlift and spitbite. You'll learn all major intaglio techniques, from aquatint to softground, spit-bite and sugar lift. This small course with lots of hands-on personal attention is taught by Caro Fidel, Shoestring's shop manager.

Session I can be taken as a stand-alone for beginners.

Etching I – Drypoint, Softground, Hardground

Appropriate for beginners in the medium and those who have never made prints before, techniques covered include preparing plates, creating images using drypoint and hardground, inking and wiping, and printing from start to finish. The course will include all materials.

Etching II – Aquatint, Spit Bite, and Sugarlift 

Learn to create painterly effects with aquatint-based techniques such as using stage biting, spit bite and sugarlift. Students will work on the same plates used in the first class, expanding the range of expressive techniques used to create a complex print.


About the Instructor

Caro Fidel is shop manager at Shoestring Press, and publishes her own work under the imprint Perchance Press.