Open today 12-5pm


Instructor: Julio Valdez

July 16 & 17,  2022, 10AM – 4PM

Saturday – Sunday, 2-day workshop

Class size 4-6, All Levels

$325 Members, $375 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-toxic, non-acid alternative to etching, where the image is created by painting with white acrylic medium on top of a black silk surface glued to a plastic board to reproduce 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, demonstrating the versatility of water based inks.


Image: Julio Valdez, Pareja (Pair, 2), Silk aquatint


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. 


View the materials 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)
  • Two Silk Aquatint Plates 8” x 10” are provided per person (additional plates can be purchased by Julio for $10 per
  • Roll of paper towels