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Etching Safely at Swansea Print Workshop

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Etching safely @ Swansea Print Workshop

What is safe etching?

  • No hazardous fumes
  • No exposure to dangerous acids or solvents
  • Accessible processes for mark-making
  • Consistent results
  • Compatible with traditional effects (aquatint, sugar lift)
  • Innovative advanced techniques

As a result of a grant by the Arts Council of Wales the Workshop has adopted an innovative etching ground developed by Andrew Baldwin of Trefeglwys Printmaking studio Wales

BIG Safe Etching at SPW offers the printmaker a safer alternative in etching with the same level of creative opportunities as traditional materials without exposure to hazardous chemicals. For the beginner, BIG provides an accessible process for spontaneous and diverse mark-making. For the experienced printmaker, BIG provides a medium for consistent, excellent results.

safe etching workshops

SPW has adopted BIG Safe Etching as its standard approach to etching. Our facilities offer access to a dedicated Safe Etching area, specialist equipment, materials and technical reference notes supported by trained Open Access Leaders for independent studio use. Regular training opportunities in Safe Etching are available through our workshop programme.

ABOUT BIG (Baldwins Ink Ground) and its creator
BIG (Baldwins Ink Ground) is a vegetable-based ground used as a safer alternative to traditional intaglio materials. It was created by Andrew Baldwin, a practicing printmaker with an ambition to reduce some of the more hazardous processes in printmaking. The ground has been embraced across the printmaking world and adopted by Edinburgh Printmakers, leaders in printmaking developments. Andrew Baldwin is based at Trefeglwys Printmakers in Mid-Wales.

safe etching
Soft ground plate and first proof
The introductory workshop offers the opportunity to use both copper and aluminium plates. You will cover a traditional linear approach : this is done by drawing lines using an etching needle (on hard grounds). Additionally a full range of tonal and textural will be covered by the use of soft ground and aquatint.
You will learn about the safe etching area, tools and equipment, which grounds and paper to select for your image and how to add tone to your print. A full set of technical notes will be provided.
What to bring with you:
Preliminary drawings that you could use for drawing with the hard ground
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Andre Baldwin