Etching techniques - Aluminium Plate Sugarlift Etching

1 day course
29 October 2021; 8 June or 4 November 2022
10am – 4pm

£115 including 1 etching plate

Etching techniques - Aluminium Plate Sugarlift Etching

NEW - Book both Etching courses at the same time and save £10!

Both sugarlift and aquatint are processes used in sequence on metal plates to make an etching which is primarily about tonal values rather than being line based. Sugarlift enables the printmaker to paint a positive drawing onto the plate - the are-as painted with the sugar syrup are those which will be bitten during the etching stage, receive ink and print. Once the sugarlift stage is finished, rosin dust is heat-fused to the plate to ensure an even tone is etched into the plate. The process of “stopping out” allows for a variety of grades of tone in the finished work. On this course you will learn how to use sugarlift solution to create an A5 aquatint image and print it successfully on an etching press. You will take home a variable edition of at least 5 prints.

Course structure
• Explanation of the technique with examples.
• Apply Sugarlift, etch & etch to create your image.
• Correct preparation of paper.
• Ink and print your plate in a single colour using the etching presses.

Experience level
Ideal for those who enjoy line drawing as well as textured mark making. Suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh skills.

Pre-course information
Any image preparation notes will be sent prior to the course date.


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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 for any reason you are unable to attend, we will refund monies paid minus a £15.00 admin fee, as long as you cancel your place more than 1 month before the course start date.

Course transfers are at the discretion of Curwen Print Study Centre. Curwen Print Study Centre reserves the right to cancel courses – a full refund will be made in these circumstances.

For CPSC Certificate course

Payment for Term 1 is required when booking a place. A reserved place is not secure until this payment has been received. Payments for Terms 2 & 3 will be due at the end of the previous term. The receipt of your Term 1 payment is acceptance of commitment to all 3 Terms of the Certificate course.

If for any reason prior to the commencement of the course you are unable to attend, we will refund monies paid minus a £15.00 admin fee, as long as you cancel your place more than 1 month before the course start date. Once you start the course on Term 1 you have committed to all 3 terms. Course transfers are at the discretion of Curwen Print Study Centre.

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