Solar plate etching is a versatile and non-toxic printmaking process that produces results similar to fine photo-etchings. Photopolymer plates are exposed to a variety of film media: photographic transparencies (traditional darkroom, digital, or photocopy transparency) or images hand-drawn on acetate or combinations of both. After exposure, the plates are developed, etched in water, cured and printed on an etching press. This environmentally friendly printmaking technique does not require the use of acid or other harmful chemicals and it is a quick and versatile printmaking technique.
Level: Intermediate – General experience with intaglio printmaking processes, such as etching, drypoint, engraving, aquatint, and mezzotint, or other similar experience, is recommended.
Registration closes March 24, 2022 to allow time for materials to be purchased and prepared. Material fees are included with your registration to cover items provided in class, including plates, ink, tarlatan, newsprint, and the film for printing your positive images for exposure. Students will have a small list of additional items to gather/purchase for class.
Sample image by Melissa Ezelle