Photographic Etching

Photographic Etching is a process in which a positive image is transferred on to a prepared, metal plate and etched into the superstructure, thereby creating a negative composition on the plate, which can then be inked, wiped and printed in the traditional way. After the desired number of prints have been made, the metal plate can then be re-used to create new prints, if needed.

About this process

These processes are suitable for those with previous experience of etching or photography, as well as for those who wish to utilise photographs in a creative way. The process is also beneficial for those who wish to experiment with digital manipulation and composition.

Photographic Etching at Green Door

At Green Door, we specialise in three types of photographic etching. Traditionally, photographic etching is a highly toxic procedure, using various amounts of noxious and harmful chemicals.

Due to the ethos employed at Green Door, our techniques are radically different to that of the traditional methods used and more environmentally sound. By using dark room techniques, images are transferred to metal plates and developed as if they were a photograph. Although similar to photography, the methods and materials used can be considered radical and experimental. Photographic elements and hand drawn images can often be used and transferred using this technique.

Derbyshire Open Arts – Kevin A Pickering – Etching Demonstration

Tailored Courses

All of the processes we teach are available to book on an individual basis.

These courses will enable you to get the undivided attention of your tutor, allowing us to tailor the course specifically to your interests, ensuring you get the most out of your time with us. 

These courses are available to book on an individual (one-to-one) basis, or in groups of up to 4 people. All of our tailored course prices include refreshments, materials and in-depth notes.

Green Door Printmaking Studio
Banks Mill Studios
71 Bridge Street

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