my creative space: drypoint etching workshop

I went to a free drypoint etching workshop with Rochelle Summmerfield today, which was run by the local council where I live and it was free. I was so excited when I got the email to say that I was in the workshop!

The workshop was great fun and I learnt a lot. We spent the first half of the day etching out the cardboard surface. I decided to keep it simple - rain drops and a cloud.

We etched our design on the cardboard. I made a bit of a "boo boo" on my design when I was pulling away the top layer of cardboard for the cloud, I accidentally also pulled off one of my rain drops and had to adjust my design and ended up with a few dark raindrops! If I had more time I would have redone the whole thing.. Oh well!!

drypoint etching on cardboard
:: etching on cardboard
(apologies for this bad photo)

Then we inked the whole design and then rubbed off all the excess ink - ink is left in the etched areas. We did our first prints on butcher paper to test the design and then we could adjust the etch if needed.

drypoint etching on butcher paper
:: rain cloud prints on  butcher paper

Unfortunately, my clouds didn't work out how I envisaged.. I was hoping for more texture but they ended up quite dark! But I don't mind it now :)

drypoint etching - black detail
:: rain cloud detail

It was so exciting seeing my print for the first time... but even more exciting when I printed it on beautiful archival paper! Here are my finished prints...

drypoint etching - black on archival paper
:: rain cloud on archival paper - black

drypoint etching - paynes grey on archival paper
:: rain cloud on archival paper - paynes grey

I am so happy with how they turned out, especially considering it was my first go at drypoint etching! My favourite one is the paynes grey coloured etch.... the colour really suits the design so much!

It was such a fun day today and I just love learning new things! I would love to do this workshop again and I'm hoping they will run another one in the future!

Hope you are having a great creative week!
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  1. Amazing how effective it is and a very appropriate design for todays weather!

    1. ha ha ha.. this weather is where I got my inspiration :)

  2. oh wow, i've never heard of this technique, will go and google now :) your prints turned out great. i like going to workshops and learning new things too :) x

  3. Printmaking of all kinds is magical, isn't it? That sounds like a really great workshop and I can't believe it was free!

  4. Wow, very cool! I love how the prints turned out!

  5. Wow, I love this. I've never tried it myself but would love to give it a go. Especially if the result is as effective as this!

  6. Wow! This looks like a really cool technique! I've heard a little about it, but it strikes me as a little complicated. Yours turned out so nice for being the first try! Don't worry about the clouds, you will get them better next time. (I also think the Norwegian Queen is doing this as a profession. :D)

  7. That's fabulous! Amazing that it's with cardboard. I love the look of etchings. My fave artist is Leon Pericles. His studio is like an Aladdin's Cave, and I'm stunned to see all the text he etches - all in reverse of course on the plate!

  8. Thank you all for your lovely comments :) xxx

  9. Wow, what an awesome design you created! Are you sure you haven't done this before? :)
    I've never heard of this technique before but it looks really interesting- and how cool that you got to try it free through your local council!
    xoxo Lauren

  10. gosh, i'd love to have a go at this.

  11. OH Wow a free workshop!! How fantastic! Love your process shots and ever so slightly green with envy. : ) x

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