Posts Tagged ‘etching’

Printing at the Prince’s Drawing School

October 20, 2014

etch1(web)Inked up plate, ready for polishing.

etch2(web)Polished copper plate ready to print ‘Winter’ etching.

etch3(web)Polished copper plate in preparation to print ‘Summer’ etching.

etch5(web)Copper printing plate (left), ‘Spring’ etching from plate (right).

etch7(web)Sharon Elphick ‘Autumn’ etching.

On Friday I went to the ‘drop in’ etching class at the Prince’s Drawing School in Shoreditch. A customer had ordered the full set of my seasonal ‘Tree’ etchings, so I had the pleasure of spending the day printing in the basement of Charlotte Road. I love the drawing school and I’ve been going there on and off since 2008. It’s always really nice to see what other people are working on, the artist Sam Marshall was printing there too, check out her work here.

It’s a real labour of love, especially if you’re a perfectionist like me! I’m pleased to say that I printed one of each season, and thought I’d share some photo’s of the process.

Bird in Bloom Etching

January 27, 2010

New Year, new etching! I started etching again after long break at Christmas and it’s great to be back. I’ve been working on this one for some time and managed to print it for the first time last week. For any of you who are familiar with my work you will have noticed I have recreated the collage version of ‘Bird in Bloom’. All those long hours of drawing have paid off and I am really pleased with the results. You can find out more about the size and price by looking at www.elphicksshop

Dog and Bird

November 13, 2009

Beautiful etching by my beautiful daughter, you can see more of her work by clicking here.


Chine Colle

February 9, 2009

I am still trying to perfect the art of etching and in particular the technique of Chine Colle. It feels like I am kind of getting there after discovering some fantastic Japanese papers at Falkiners. I am particularly happy with this colour combination.



Itching to Etch

December 9, 2008

I have now finally mastered how to print my etchings, better still they are getting a fantastic response. I have already sold half of the edition of the ‘Tree’ further on in the blog. Here is a new variation of my owl etching. Can’t wait to start the new term in January.



Owl etching £80 unframed.


November 20, 2008

This etching is now being shown in two exhibitions, the first ‘Drawn Together’ which you can find out about here is a group show of drawings and prints by artists connected with The Prince’s Drawing School. The second, ‘The One Ton Show’ which you can find out about here is an exhibition of 100 artists producing work around the theme ‘London Lyrics’ for £100.

Alternatively it is available at Elphick’s, open Sundays 9am-4pm.



Bitossi Cat

October 17, 2008

This is an etching I did of my ceramic Bitossi cat from home. You’ll find it for sale in the print browser.


Mono Tree

June 25, 2008

My etching course is over, for the summer at least. This stylized tree took some time, three days to be exact but it was worth it, all that etching is very therapeutic you know. 




Etch a Sketch

May 28, 2008

I started an etching course at The Princes Drawing School at the beginning of the year which I really enjoy, it’s great to be drawing again after so many years looking through a lens. 

Here are some of my etchings…….

‘Owl’ is inspired by a Japanese cast iron owl I bought at Shelf on Cheshire Street, London E2, ‘Russian Bird’ is a drawing of a Russian ceramic that I bought and sold at Elphick’s and ‘V & A Study’ is the result of a day spent drawing at The Victoria and Albert Museum.


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Russian Bird


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V & A Study