The infinite possibilities of Soft Ground Etching - May 11, 2017

Woman with Leaves by Lisa Mackie Solar Plate and Soft Ground Etching.jpeg
Woman with Leaves by Lisa Mackie Solar Plate and Soft Ground Etching.jpeg
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The infinite possibilities of Soft Ground Etching - May 11, 2017

124.00

Thursday, May 11 (10am-4pm)
with Lisa Mackie

$124 (online payment)
$120 (by check payment)

Unlike the sharp lines of hard ground etching, soft ground can produce lines that are soft and similar to a pencil or crayon line. There are 2 basic techniques for creating a soft ground etching:

In the first technique, a copper plate is coated with a mixture of asphaltum, rosin, beeswax and tallow - called Soft Ground. When the ground is dry, a piece of paper is placed onto the surface and the artist draws onto the thin paper. When the paper is lifted off, it removes the wax where the pencil pressed. Thus leaving a crayon, charcoal type line.

In the late 19th century, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and Mary Cassatt used this technique. 

The second technique is to place natural objects such as leaves, feathers, etc. or fabric textures such as gauze or lace, onto the copper coated soft ground surface. This plate is then run through the etching press. Thus lifting off the texture. When the metal surface is etched a photographic impression is produced. 

This workshop will explore these possibilities and make some prints in black and white and color. Enjoy and discover! 

Lab fee of $15 (paid to the teacher in class) covers supplies plus one sheet of paper. Extra paper will be available for purchase, or bring your own.

2 WAYS OF PAYMENT:

1) via this website using credit card OR

2) SAVE. Pay by check for less money (contact: info@inkyeditions.com)

 

Lisa Mackie  works in mixed media prints, paintings, original books, video and installation. Her visiting professorships include NYU, Cooper Union, RIT, FIT, andQueens College. She currently teaches in New York at FIT and The Printshop NYC and York College. She is a master printer and proprietor of Lisa H. Mackie Studios, NYC. Her work is in numerous collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Yale University Art Gallery, the Hunterdon Museum of Art, New Jersey, the Botswana Museum and ArtGallery in Gaborone and theBrooklyn Museum of Art. Visit Lisa at www.lisamackie.com and Junekellygallery.com. 

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