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An image of a drypoint etching print with blue chine collé.

Introduction to Drypoint with Chine-Collé

July 2 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm

with Sally Weatherill

Drypoint is an intaglio printmaking technique, in which an image is incised into a plate with a hard-pointed needle. Drypoint relies not only on the groove provided by the needle but on the burr that is created when scratching the surface, giving the line a fluctuating and beautiful velvety character.

During this one-day introductory course, you will create images on acetate plates with traditional etching needles, you will also explore the possibilities of creating tones and marks with other materials such as sandpaper, and tapes and layering the A5 acetate plates to create varied and experimental images.

You will learn how to ink your plate and to add colour à la poupée and by the end of the course, you will have created a variety of unique prints to take home.

Beginners & refresher course
£72 per person
Max. 6 spaces

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Tickets for all Print Workshop Courses can be cancelled up to one month beforehand. Refunds will be given after this date only if the place is re-sold. 

Course structure

  • Explanation of the technique with examples.
  • Demonstration of drypoint tools and techniques.
  • Create an A5 image using acetate using a drypoint needle to incise lines.
  • Sand, cut and use rubbings and tapes to add textured marks.
  • Layer your acetate to create varied experimental images.
  • Application of ink using scrim and wiping techniques to create tonality.
  • Preparation of paper.
  • Printing using the etching presses.
  • Add colour with inking à la poupée.

About Sally

Sally Weatherill is an abstract artist working in both paint and print. Her themes include transience and memory often explored through the palimpsest. 

Sally studied art history and textile design in the US before moving to the UK where she set up a studio on the Essex/Suffolk border. She worked as a successful textile designer and weaver for over 20 years before pursuing an MA in Fine Art at the City and Guilds of London Art School. She is currently a Print Fellow at CGLAS.