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Person doing mezzotint printing in DCA Print Studio


Duration: One-day workshop
Dates: Sat 11 May 2024 10:30 - 17:00
Location: Print Studio

Learn all about Mezzotint, a monochrome intaglio process. 

Meaning ‘halftone’ in Italian, Mezzotint creates a small ‘hand rocked’ plate, which prints a famously rich black tone. Learn how to work from dark to light, ‘burnishing’ back areas of a Mezzotint copper plate to then print atmospheric images. 

In this class you’ll learn how to make a small copper mezzotint plate by hand ‘rocking’, how to use the different tools and oil-based inks and how to ink up and print your mezzotint plate using an intaglio printing press. At the end of the class you will have created a number of prints to take home.

Really relaxed and enjoyable. Everything was calming and friendly.

The course was a great introduction to the art of mezzotint and has left me confident to carry on.


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Need to know

  • What to bring

We provide everything you'll need, just bring yourself. You are welcome to bring along any inspiration, images or sketchbooks to work from.


  • What to wear

We'll provide aprons and gloves but recommend wearing old cloths as printmaking can be messy. Please note that open-toed footwear and sandals are not allowed.


  • Food & drinks

A sealed water flask or drinking vessel is permitted but other food and drinks are not allowed in the studio.

Meet your tutor

Photo of Marriane Wilson standing in front of some prints.

Marianne Wilson

Marianne Wilson (Livingstone) is an artist/printmaker with a BDes Hons Illustration and Printmaking and an MA Art History. She works as a Studio Coordinator in DCA Print Studio and specialises in papermaking.

In partnership with Freelands Foundation

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