Solar–Plate Etching Workshop

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Solar–Plate Etching Workshop

14th October 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

£40 – £45

In conjunction with Blue Monkey
Solarplate is a light-sensitive steel-backed polymer material used by artists as an alternative to hazardous printing techniques. It is a simple, safe, and fast approach to etching and relief printing that does not use grounds, acids, or solvents.

The process:

A piece of drawing/ink drawing can be created on a transparent film. This is going to be placed on top of a solarplate and both, film and plate are exposed to the sunlight.

We can also use templates of light translucent or semi-transparent material to place on top of the solarplate when exposing the plate to the sunlight.

After sun exposure the plate will be developed with ordinary tap water.

After the plate has been carefully dried with a hair dryer, it is ready to be inked and printed.

Artists can purchase plates from Nickova. (A6 plate – 5 pound) We will work on small formats to explore the possibilities of the techniques before creating a larger print.


  • Taster workshop – Saturday 14th October, 10 am – 4:30pm, fee £40 for Blue Monkey members, £45 for non-members
  • Compact Weekend workshop – Sat+Sun 21/22 October, 10am – 4:30pm, fee £75 Blue Monkey members, £85 non-members
  • 6 Weeks course, 3 hours session per week – starting Tuesday 24th October, 10am- 13:30, every Tuesday till 28th November. Fee £150 (£25 per 3 hour session) Blue Monkey members, £180 non-members

This course will give participants the opportunity to take part in an exhibition at DC Gallery in December, showing process and outcomes of the course. An additional fee will apply.

“For my solar plate etchings I created my drawings on mark resist transparent film. I used intaglio ink, inking the plate by dubbing the ink onto the plate rather than using a roller. Each print is inked individually. Since there is an etching plate, an edition can be created. With the unique inking process the colour will be varied – which makes each print unique.”

Nickova Behling


14th October 2017
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
£40 – £45
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