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Colour Techniques with Intaglio Printing

Tailored Course


Can't find the perfect course for you? Tailor your learning experience at Green Door Printmaking Studio... 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.

About this process

Achieving colour in intaglio printmaking is a highly enjoyable and skillful craft. These techniques often revivalise a plate, bringing a new insight to the print. This course would fully suit those with previous experience of printing intaglio plates. Printmakers are invited to bring along any plates/blocks created using an intaglio printmaking process (eg: etchings, collographs, photographic etchings, drypoints etc).


A la poupée
The term a la poupée means "with a doll", which refers to the wad of fabric, shaped like a ball. The "doll" is used to add highlights or spot colour to an inked plate. The effect is a very subtle addition of a flash of colour to accent an area of the print.

Chine collé
Chine collé roughly translated from French, means "tissue glue/paste". By using Chine Collé you are able to print on much finer, more delicate papers which are bonded onto a more sturdy paper during the printing process. The effect can either be subtle (by using muted Japanese papers) or bright (by using colourful acid-free tissue papers).

Wiping Technique
During the wiping technique, colours are introduced by wiping and blending over various areas of the plate/block. Colours can either be of a similar hue or completely different to achieve a highlight of colour or pick out an element of the plate.

Viscosity Printing
Viscosity printing is a multi-color printmaking technique that incorporates principles of relief printing and intaglio printing. It was pioneered by Stanley William Hayter. The process uses the principle of viscosity to print multiple colors of ink from a single plate, rather than relying upon multiple plates for color separation.

* Please note: you will be required to bring along a variety of pre-made plates / blocks for this course (we will not be creating the plates during the course time).

How to book

If you are interested in undertaking a this process as a tailored course at Green Door, please get in touch with us. If you would like to discuss your project, we highly recommend that you arrange a date to come into the studio in order to discuss your course beforehand so we can learn more about your aims. To confirm your booking you will need to complete an online booking form and provide a minimum 50% (non-refundable) deposit.

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.


Course Duration

5 hours (one day)
including lunch break

Course Tutor

Anna Johnson

Advanced Course


All materials and notes are included in the price of this workshop. You will need to have prior experience of Acrylic Resist Etching in order to undertake this course.

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


One-to-One (£150)

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

Group (£450)

If you would like to book this course as a personalised workshop with family or friends, please note, flat rate prices quoted are for groups of between 2-4 participants.

Green Door Members

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Concessions & Students

Concessionary Rate £135
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 £115
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.

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