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Photo of a black and white print made of different shapes and markings, with timings written on it.

Episode 13: Etching copper with Ferric Chloride

This month has been about making tests – many thanks to Janet Beck for sharing some of  her results.

Using non-toxic acrylic Lascaux stop out and Big ground on polished copper plates proved to be a little trickier than was expected. Janet had some problems with the Big ground lifting off from her plate when she was taking it out of the Ferric Chloride. This happened again when the acrylic aquatint was applied.

Eventually, after a few attempts, perseverance and support from me – Janet started to work out how to control the acrylic mediums. 

Non-toxic Printmaking is different from traditional methods; some patience and re-learning is required – These are excellent printmaking techniques and are not detrimental to your health!

Some good news – there are now five printmakers signed up to do the 20:20 Print Exchange! I can’t wait to see all the editions.  Just remember it is 20 x 20 cm paper size and an edition of 25 prints.

See the Print Workshop & Dark Room page if you are interested in booking a session in either of the workspaces in Taigh Chearsabhagh.