Two-plate Colour Etching

Weekend Course


Etching is a means of engraving imagery and mark making into various kinds of metal plates with the purpose of printing the plates. In Western Europe, the process of etching began during the fourteenth century as a way of decorating metal (eg: armour or jewellery) and was not initially seen as a means for printing imagery. Learn how to plan, etch and print your two-plate copper plate with line drawing and aquatint during this two-day course.

What will you learn?

At Green Door, we teach and facilitate Acrylic Resist Etching, using Copper, Zinc and Aluminium on which to etch our prints. Not only is this process safer, but is also considered more environmentally friendly than other traditional techniques. In order to do this, we have removed all highly toxic chemicals used within traditional etching, which can be considered harmful to both the printmaker and the environment, and would also demand the use of a specially designed studio, with high level extraction filters and special protective clothing to be worn at all times. Green Door does not allow the use of solvents or acid. We depend upon the scientific use of acrylics in our grounds and we mix our own recipes to ensure that our materials remain safer than those used in traditional etching. Chemical salts are instead used to etch with, and rather than the traditional oil-based option we employ water-based inks, which can be cleaned with vegetable oil.

Line Drawing

Line Drawing with hard ground is the basis of creating an etched plate; the fundamental teaching of using a drawn line to produce a composition.


Aquatint in etching is the means in which varied tones are applied to the surface of the plate, in order to create various tones on the print itself.

* Please note: some experience of intaglio printmaking is required to undertake this course.


Topics covered:

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


Available Date(s)

Sat 25 & Sun 26 August 2018 (4 places available)


11am - 4pm
10 hours (over 2 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 (£170)

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 £155
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 £145
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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