Cape Fear Press Etching Studio
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2016 Photogravure Workshops with Jennifer Page
July 26-28 FULL

Photogravure is a process of etching continuous tones into copper with a sensitized gelatin pigment paper resist (aka carbon tissue) using a continuous tone positive and aquatint screen or dustgrain aquatint. The process was invented by William H. F. Talbot and Karl Klic in the late 1800s for archivally reproducing fine photographic prints. They also employed the use of the dustgrain for its organic grain and fine tonal resolution. The tones of the positive are etched into the copper plate in proportion to the density giving a multi depth layer of ink and a very perceivable and virtually infinite range of tones. Careful timing of the different etching baths also adds another way of controlling the tonal curves. This process yields an etched plate that can be retouched and re-worked with any of the traditional etching processes. The copper plate is often electroplated with iron (steel faced) for printing very consistent and/or long editions. This is still the absolute best way to make a photographic intaglio plate for printing.

Jennifer Page, the owner of Cape Fear Press, was the first to test the Phoenix and Dragon Gravure tissues for fine art photogravure. Jennifer has developed several technical innovations to deal with all the variables and common problems encountered with gravure. Her process is visually intuitive while also calibrated and repeatable. Once the basic steps of gravure are fine tuned and mastered, the etching process opens itself up to becoming a meditative and transmutative act, becoming equally creative as the image making itself.

Jennifer received her BFA from East Carolina University and has also co-taught several gravure workshops with master gravurist Unai San Martin. Martin states "It is a pleasure to work with artist Jennifer Page. She knows all the nuances of the gravure process, and her attention to detail makes her an excellent teacher."

In this intensive 3 day workshop students will gain hands-on knowledge of digital image calibration from scanned film or file with Photoshop on a Mac, printing positives using QuadtoneRIP on a high resolution inkjet printer, direct gravure (drawings on frosted mylar), all aspects of tissue processing, exposure calibration, aquatint screen and Picco dustgrain for box aquatints, etching, steel facing the copper plate for durability, plate retouching techniques, printing and wiping techniques, ink modifications and tips for editioning. Some prior knowledge of etching, photography and/or Photoshop is strongly recommended. Each student will etch one 8x10" plate (approx 7.5 x 9.5" after trimming) pulling several prints. The image that will be etched must be created by the student.

Come spend some time at the beach and learn the latest developments and techniques in a time tested medium that is unsurpassed!

Tuition: Class size is limited to just 2 students. Students must be 18 or older. Photogravure workshop fee is $850 plus cost of paper and copper, approx $35. Reservations are made first come first serve with an e-mail and a 50% deposit via check. Deposits are non refundable and non-transferrable to another date if student cancels at any time. The balance of the workshop is due 2 weeks prior to the first day of class. Materials fees are tallied on the last day. Workshops run from 10am-5pm.

Transport & Accommodations: ILM International Airport is a half hour drive away. Taxi from ILM to CB is about $40. I recommend the Dolphin Lane Motel, Courtyard Marriott, Sea Ranch or Golden Sands Motel for oceanfront accommodations. For more affordable lodging check out Beacon House Inn B&B, Drifter's Reef Motel and Diane's Cottages on There are also several old school motels and cottages about 3 miles further south in Kure Beach (pronounced: cure-ee, not curry).

Private instruction for Photogravure, Photo Etching and QuadtoneRIP Calibration is available for $800 per day, plus materials, 9am-5pm with a 3 day minimum for photogravure and 1 day for the other processes.

I can also travel to your studio to teach.
Basic requirements are:
Heavy duty etching press
UV unit with a point light (not flourescents)
Climate control for summer and humidity, ie. air conditioning and or humidifier
Mac computer with Photoshop and an Epson printer with a minimum of 6 inks


Photo Etching on Copper from Line Drawings with Jennifer Page TBA

In this 2 day weekend workshop students will use a high resolution photopolymer etch resist called Puretch to transfer a line drawing to a copper plate to be etched. When the original drawing is used for the positive there is no loss of line quality. Photo etching is an intaglio printmaking process and depending on how long the lines are etched will determine how much they will stand up on the printed page. Intaglio prints have a unique and subtle 3D quality that no other printing method can attain.

In this introductory class to photo etching I will demonstrate low tech ways that you can make exposures on your own without expensive UV exposure equipment, including the sun. You will also learn safer techniques using less-toxic grounds, materials and non-toxic clean up. The drawn positive can be made on single matte mylar or inkjet transparency media with black grease crayon, pen & ink or dark pencil. Pencil and grease crayon work best on matte mylar. Drawings should be linear, opaque and high contrast, no blended shading or washes. I will be in contact with students for more info on how to prepare a good hand drawn positive. Max drawing size is 8x10 with 1 plate allowed per student. Photo etching is a great way to get your feet wet with the various photo intaglio processes.

This workshop is 10am-5pm with a 40 minute lunch. There are many places close by to get lunch. Class fee is $TBA per student plus cost of copper and paper used. All other materials included. A $50 deposit is required to hold your spot, balance is due the morning of class. Sorry, no refunds for cancellations. This class is limited to 6 participants, first come, first serve. Please e-mail asap if you are interested. No prior printmaking experience necessary.


Golden Silk Spider 8.5 x 11.5" Jennifer Page 2011
Photogravure made with Phoenix Gravure, digital positive, PICCO dustgrain and IZOTE Bone Black.


Ibis 4.2 x 5.2" Jennifer Page 2012
Photogravure made with Phoenix Gravure, hextone digital positive, Cape Fear Analog Aquatint Screen, IZOTE Cowboy ink.


Yard Debris 4.5 x 6"Jennifer Page 2012
Photo etching on copper made with Puretch and ink drawing on overhead inkjet transparency film.

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