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Silk Aquatint and the Painterly Print

Instructor: Julio Valdez
Through Friday, August 24
5-day workshop, Monday-Friday, 10am - 4pm
Class size 4-8, All Levels
$500 members, $550 non-members

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Participants in this workshop will produce easily reproducible painterly prints through the process of Silk Aquatint a.k.a Silk Collagraph. This is a non-acid alternative to etching, where the image is created by painting with a white acrylic medium on top of a black silk surface glued to a plastic board, to produce a wide variety of tones and textures. Once dry, the plate is then inked and wiped in the same manner as an etching plate and printed on an etching press. This workshop will also offer tips on color mixing, modifying and demonstrating the uniqueness of using water based inks.

Julio Valdez is a painter, printmaker, teacher and mixed installation artist whose work has been exhibited internationally since 1984. He received a fellowship from the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in 1994 and founded Julio Valdez Studio, specializing in Non-toxic Contemporary Printmaking processes.

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Image: Julio Valdez , The Gray Echo, Silk aquatint and monotype, diptych  

View the supply list
  • Reference material, sketches for a 8” x 10” print
  • White acrylic paint
  • Gloss medium
  • Variety of paintbrushes and applicators for image making
  • Mixing containers
  • One jar with lid
  • Sharpie
  • Printmaking paper (for purchase at CCP)
  • Silk Aquatint Plates (will be pre made ahead of time by the instructor and sold at $10 per plate)
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