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Silk Aquatint Collagraphs

Where? Leicester Print Workshop
When/how often? Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th November 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Who's teaching the course? Sue Brown

This weekend course introduces the technique of silk aquatint collagraphs. Rich velvet blacks and a complete tonal range can be achieved using chiffon as a base and experimenting with acrylic mediums and glue to create tones and white. The process can be extended by using filler to produce rich, textural plates.

The tonal results of this technique are similar to that of a mezzotint or traditional etched aquatint. This intaglio process is accessible to printmakers looking for a sophisticated way of working with collagraph.

Cost: £125 / £112.50 concessions

Course structure:


  • Introduction to LPW and the course.
  • A look at some examples of silk aquatint collagraph prints and advice on designing an image.
  • Making a silk aquatint plate
  • Developing imagery using acrylic mediums and glue
  • Printing the plate and using chine collé


  • Extending the plate making with skim and repair filler and textures.
  • Printing plates using viscosity inking techniques
  • Cleaning up, evaluations and close of course

About the Tutor – Sue Brown

Sue Brown completed her degree in Fine Art in the late 1970s in Bristol, England, where she specialised in etching and printmaking. In 1996 she added collagraphs to her portfolio of work after discovering this printmaking technique. Sue has been a practising professional artist for 15 years and is based in Cheltenham. Her work is inspired by nature and been driven by exploring intaglio printmaking techniques. In 2009 Sue embarked on a 3 year part time MA in Multi-disciplinary Printmaking at the University of the West of England, graduating with a distinction in 2012.