Tuesday, 29 September 2009


I have just spent a very pleasant weekend teaching an etching workshop in the studio at Hampen Factory.

The process I passed on was the use of a gun arabic transfer as a resist to the biting effects of copper sulphate on aluminum.
It all sounds technical, but once mastered it is an easier way of creating a photographic style etched image without the fuss of light boxes and expensive photo sensitive plate. It creates an image that is one step removed from the photographic original. The technique also leaves room for hand drawing, the crow and washing line I drew in after applying the transfered image.
After only 2 days and with very little previous experience of etching these are some of the
images produce on the course. I am delighted with the results, there is alot to get your
head round on this workshop, but everyone stuck with me and they all went away with a
print they were pleased with. I am so lucky to have such lovely creative people coming on my courses.
The next weekend at Hampen Factory is October 17-18, Mixed media techniques and gum arabic transfer.


Terry Peart said...

This process sounds very interesting, Sue. Where can I read more about it?

layers said...

I love the effects this process produces-- love all the images--would like to find out more about it.

Jo Horswill said...

Hi Sue,

I am learning the very technical process of solar etching at the moment...
I'm so interested in this process. Will have to investigate further, love the prints here and I like the fact you can draw in your own lines too.
Would attend your class if I could :)