From The Ground Up ~ Etching Workshop

20 Dec

A printmaker can achieve a wide variety of textures and intriguing surface qualities on a copper plate using etching grounds. In this workshop, participants will gain experience with a variety of traditional and less toxic contemporary ground applications.

On January 16th, come prepared to work on several 5” x 6” sample plates. We will provide the supplies and materials for soft ground, white ground, sugar lift, crackle ground, marble ground, etc for you to experiment with. Having sparked your imagination, we’ll reserve January 23rd as an individual working session continuing with the sample plates or developing a larger 9”x 12” etching plate.

Skill Level: Intermediate.  This workshop will introduce advanced etching techniques so a basic etching experience is necessary.

Dates: Saturdays, January 16 and 23rd.

Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Justin Diggle, etching with soft ground application

Akiko Tanaguchi, “Sky” etching with sugar lift application.

What to Bring with You: Your personal etching tools (Etching needle, burnisher, and scraper), notebook, working gloves ~ both for handling the ferric chloride and solvents and for wiping your plates.

Saltgrass will provide: All ground materials, copper plates and BFK paper.



  • Non-Member Workshop Fee: $150.00
  • Saltgrass Printmakers’ Member Fee: $100.00

Class will be limited to 6 printmakers.

$25.00 Non-refundable deposit required by January 9th. Balance due on the first day of workshop.

Contact: Stefanie Dykes, Saltgrass Printmakers, 2126 South 1000 East, Salt Lake City Utah 84106   Phone: (801) 467-1080 or by email:

Saltgrass Printmakers is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11am to 3pm

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