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Renaissance Intaglio Printmaking – Hands On Workshop

Saturday, October 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 1:30pm, happening 2 times

Intaglio printmaking with Shannon King. Artist Shannon King will lead an exclusive, hands-on, historically accurate workshop in Renaissance printmaking at the Camden Public Library. The workshop will take place over two days, Saturday, October 13 from 12-5, and Sunday, October 14 from 1:30 – 4:30. Please be sure to attend both sessions. The class is free, but registration is required. Please email Cayla at cmiller@librarycamden.org. Mr. King will also be designing an exclusive print, to be sold at the workshop. All proceeds will benefit the Camden Public Library. 

All ages are welcome, all materials handled by participants are non-toxic. 

“Intaglio” from 1430’s Italian word meaning to “engrave”. The process that will be used in this workshop is from it’s earliest days, using copper plates and carving from about 1430, all the way to the late 1700’s to when zinc plates were introduced.

Originally etching was developed for gold smiths or armor to embellish. but quickly made it’s way to art mostly by the Germans, then to the Netherlands.

The process is simple: the plate is prepared by protecting it with a “tart” like substance that is resistant to acid. the image is either carved (copper only) or draw in the tar. then left in a vat of acid: ferric chloride, for a few hours. the plate is eaten away where the artist scratched into the tar, the exposed metal part. thus resulting in the image. one cleaned up ink is applied to only the recessed “etched” or eaten away parts of the plate, then pressed onto wet paper. through a roller press, the image is transferred by the ink being soaked up by the paper under pressure.

This was typically only 1 color ink…black. The print was then colored by an artist after for printing in books, manuscripts etc.

video link to process:

Class times are an estimate, there is expected q&a during all phases or aspects of production.
12-1 pm: making paper using cotton pulp blend -discussing various types
1 pm- 2 pm preparing a plate, & etching with various tools 


2:30 pm-3 pm making ink from raw materials, then preparing plate for printing
3 pm – 5 pm printing with various etched plates including morning plate.

1:30 pm- 2:30 pm explaining the papermaking process, starting new batch-discussing various types
10-11am preparing a plate, & etching with various tools 
1-3 printing with various etched plates including morning plate.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Camden Public Library
55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States