NOTICE: As of  Mon 23rd March 2020, the studio is now closed for business until further notice. Please see our facebook page for further news and updates. If you would like to support the studio, please consider making a donation or purchasing a gift card for future use. Stay safe and look after your loved ones.

Making Impressions in Etching

Weekend Course
Sat 04 & Sun 05 April 2020 (11am – 3pm)


Learn how to create etchings from found objects using an Acrylic Resist Etching wet ground during this two-day weekend course.


What will you learn?

This technique is the equivalent to ‘Soft Ground’ in traditional etching. The technique was developed by Gerald Ferstman and adopted by Alfons Bytautas when he worked at Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop.

At Green Door, we have developed the technique and used it to achieve varied amount of different effects. A safe, alternative, wet soft ground is laid on the plate as textural articles can be passed through the press to take imprints, and/or drawings can be made (on their own/or as well) to draw out the ground, before the plate is then hardened and bitten. This method is a very loose, creative way to produce plates before finally printing them.

The results can be extremely interesting and impressive depending on the articles used to take the impressions, along with the composition used. The articles will give an overall high definition of detail in the finished print. This outcome can be highly desirable to textile designers, appeal to complete beginners to etching, as well as artists who wish to experiment and etchers who wish to learn new processes.


Topics covered:

  • A brief history of etching and its terminology
  • Paper types, tools and materials in etching
  • How to produce your own prints using the methods covered
  • How to sign and edition your prints

Book Your Place





Our regular rate is applicable if you are currently in full or part time employment.

Green Door Members

Members of Green Door Printmaking Studio receive 10% off all of our courses. Become a member of the studio today.

Concessions & Students

Concessionary Rate (10% off)
Our concessionary rate is applicable if you are aged 60 years or older, aged 13 years or younger, and/or in receipt of any state benefits. Please note: undergraduate students are not eligible for our concessionary rate.

Student Rate (15% off)
Our student rate is applicable if you are aged 13+ years, and in full-time education or currently studying towards an undergraduate or post-graduate degree.


Course Tutor

For details about our course tutors, please click here.

Suitable for All

All materials and notes are included in the price of this workshop. No previous experience of printmaking is required.

How to prepare

For details about what to prepare before for your course begins, please read through our How to Prepare page.


Join our Studio

Membership of Green Door Printmaking Studio is open to everyone: from novice to established professional artist. Members also receive a 10% discount* off all of our courses.

Green Door Printmaking Studio was set up with the ethos that printmaking should be accessible to anyone who is interested in exploring and developing their own creative practise with print.

* Regular & Concessionary membership: 10%, Student membership 15%

Related Courses