Mark Making for Etching

Weekend Course


This weekend course offers the chance to explore grounds and making marks using Acrylic Resist Etching. This course would fully suit those with some previous etching experience or artists who wish to add new techniques to their repertoire.

What will you learn?

Open Bite
This technique is one in which will give the etched plate a ‘chiselled’ or sculpted effect. This method produces varying levels within the bitten area, as in a bas relief, to produce it’s unique aesthetic look.

Lift Ground
This technique is a way to achieve a painterly effect, similar to that of a wash effect used in watercolour painting. Marks resembling brushstrokes can be made on to the metal plate, so the printed image can become very expressive and dynamic.

Soap Ground
This technique produces a very textured effect with a patchy white background, instantly recognisable as a soap ground etching.

Spit Bite
This technique calls for the plate to be bitten by painting or dropping the mordant straight on to the chosen area.


Topics covered:

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


Available Date(s)

Sat 27 & Sun 28 July 2019
4 places available


11am - 4pm
10 hours (over two days)

Course Tutor

Anna Johnson

Some Experience Required


All materials and notes are included in the price of this workshop. Some previous experience of intaglio printmaking is required to undertake this course.

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


Regular (£200)

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

Green Door Members

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Concessions & Students

Concessionary Rate £180
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 £170
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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