2021 – Christine Porter. 50 Ways to Print Your Etching.

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Deposit Christine Porter $211.43 (AUD)  

  • April 7, 2021 - April 11, 2021
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Christine Porter. NSW. Printmaking – Etching

In the early days of traditional etching with metal and acid, once the plate was etched: that was it. These days, many techniques have been introduced that augment the etched mark. Our tutor has counted more than 50 different processes to ink, wipe or print a plate before it needs to be changed permanently.

This workshop is about those processes. 10 new techniques or variations each day, for 5 days – 50 different ways to print your etching. Each day starts with a demo of new techniques. The rest of it is spent experimenting, or by working an image to completion.

  • Work on your own pre-etched plates, or make simple drypoint plate each day.
  • Catalogue samples and notes in a take-home learning folder for future studio reference.
  • Complete a finished work, if the inspiration takes you.

If you are a printmaker already, or someone who’s always wanted to try printmaking, this workshop is for you.

The workshop suits artists with any level of experience: beginning artists, beginning printmakers, artists experienced in other media, and experienced printmakers. It is both a comprehensive introduction and a technical overview and extension, for those who’ve touched on it before. Intaglio printmaking is a natural progression from drawing. It marries well with most painting skills, especially watercolour.

By the end of the workshop, each participant will have a very complete understanding of the intaglio printmaking process. They will have created a take-home, studio resource book with artist-printed samples of at least 50 inking, wiping or printing variations from one or more drypoint or pre-etched plates. They may also have one or more prints completed to framing stage.

Topics include:

Inking and printing systems, wiping techniques, page layout options.

Embossing, masking, colour and multiple colours, multi-plate techniques.

Hand-colouring, chine colle, watercolour monoprint, and many more.

Christine Porter has been a full-time, professional artist for more than 30 years. She is a painter, printmaker, teacher and writer. Her prize-winning paintings tell visual stories of rural Australia. Her etchings create a more personal narrative. She has taught throughout Australia and across the Tasman presenting painting, printmaking and art-business topics. She writes about creativity and art-professionalism in her blog “Today: from my easel” and visually on her YouTube channel “Christine Porter Artist”.

Christine has editioned in excess of 130 etchings and drypoints – many of which use multi plate colour processes.

She has etchings in the National Gallery of Australia, and other public, corporate and private collections Australia-wide. Her etchings have won prizes in many competitions since she was first introduced to the medium in 1995 by Wim de Vos. Her 2006 Bachelor of Visual Arts from Southern Cross University, majoring in printmaking, has added a theoretical layer to her essentially traditional practice.

Her printmaking is often included as an important part of her exhibitions, but she has had various solo etching exhibitions including in Edinburgh, Scotland, and enjoys ongoing gallery representation in Melbourne, Brisbane and Wellington, NZ.

Christine’s website www.christineporter.com.au describes the breadth of her practice with her social media presence on Facebook and Instagram telling of more day-to-day episodes.


97 Mary Street, Grafton, New South Wales, 2460, Australia