During this two day course participants will be introduced to sandpaper aquatint printmaking techniques. Working with pre-prepared copper plates they will first be taught how to draw, scrape and burnish an image onto the metal using specialist tools provided by me. The latter half of the course will focus on printing techniques, including how to ink and wipe the copper, use the press and print in multi-colour. By the end of the course each participant will have at least one aquatint to take home with them. All techniques used have been carefully designed to be as safe and non-toxic as possible so should be suitable for the majority of people – small amounts of white spirit are the only toxic substance used.
Materials List Materials will be supplied by Holly. The cost per person will be approx. £20, which will be paid to on the day of the course. (Extra materials e.g. a range of cooper plates, will be available to purchase if course participants wish to use them. All basic materials will be covered by the £20 fee.)
Artist’s Profile Holly Brookes has been inspired by nature for as long as she can remember. She started drawing and painting the countryside around her as a child and never stopped. In 2014 she graduated from Aberystwyth University with a First Class degree in Fine Art, specializing in Printmaking and now works as a professional artist. She particularly enjoys exploring detail and texture in her work as well as sharing her love of traditional printmaking techniques such as etching and engraving with people. She was an category winner in the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2015 and was featured on BBC TV’s Countryfile in 2016.