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. Environmentally-friendly, this printmaking technique does not require the use of acid or other harmful chemicals and it is a quick and versatile option for any printmaker.
Level: Intermediate – General experience (6+ hours) with intaglio printmaking processes, such as etching, drypoint, engraving, aquatint, and mezzotint, or other similar experience, is recommended.
Registration has been extended through January 3, 2023. 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 images by Eliza Clifford