Introduction to Drypoint on acetate at ColorCraft, Saffron Walden

1 day course
14 May; 15 October 2019
10am to 3pm

£70 including materials

Introduction to Drypoint on acetate at ColorCraft, Saffron Walden

Drypoint etching is an intaglio form of printmaking. A drypoint needle is used to scratch an image onto a metal or plastic plate and ink is pushed into the grooves created by the needle. Drypoint relies not only on the groove provided by the needle but on the burr of material made when scratching the surface. This gives it a line with a velvety fluctuating character.

On this course using an A5 acetate plate, you will learn how to use a drypoint needle in incise lines and will explore sanding, cutting and layering of the acetate plate to create varied and experimental images.

Course structure
• Explanation of the technique with examples
• Demonstration of drypoint tools and techniques
• Use a drypoint needle to incise lines
• Sand, cut and use textured rubbings and tapes to add textured marks
• Application of ink - use of scrim and wiping techniques to create tonality
• Printing using etching presses

Experience level
• Beginners and/or those wishing to refresh their skills.

Maximum 5 places

Course location
ColorCraft, 1 Emson Close, Saffron Walden CB10 1HL

How to book
• By email using the email button below
• By phone 01223 892380


Payment / Terms and Conditions

For all courses except CPSC Certificate course

Full payment of the course fee is required when booking a place. A reserved place is not secure until full payment has been received. If full payment is not received within 10 working days of a place being reserved, the booking will be assumed to be void.

If for any reason you are unable to attend, we will refund monies paid minus a £10.00 admin fee, as long as you cancel your place more than 10 working days before the course start date. Cancellations received less than 10 working days before a course starts will require the full course fee to be paid.

Curwen Print Study Centre reserves the right to cancel courses – a full refund will be made in these circumstances.


For CPSC Certificate course

Payment of the deposit for Term 1 is required when booking a place. A reserved place is not secure until this deposit has been received. If the Term 1 deposit is not received within 20 working days of a place being reserved, the booking will be assumed to be void. The outstanding balance for Term 1 is due before the start of Term 1.

If for any reason you are unable to attend, we will refund monies paid minus a £10.00 admin fee, as long as you cancel your place more than 20 working days before the course start date. Cancellations received less than 20 working days before a course starts will require the full course fee to be paid.

Curwen Print Study Centre reserves the right to cancel courses – a full refund will be made in these circumstances.