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Vernici BIG e Spit Bite
COVID vaccine certification (green pass) is requested

Alternative uses of BIG ground and Spit Bite

Friday 15 April 2022
10am – 5pm

• Materials included in the fees
• Lunch break 1pm – 2pm

Big ground, invented by the Welsh artist Andrew Baldwin, is a sustainable substitute for common etching ground. It allows you to work with intaglio engraving avoiding the use of solvents, thus making the engraver’s work safer and more respectful of the environment, but it also opens the door for interesting innovative approaches to metal engraving.


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We will discover how to use this etching ground in the experimental methods recently disclosed by the artist Baldwin and exploring the possible graphic results. Additionally we’ll also discover the use of the spit bite technique, or rather the irregular etching of the matrix to obtain interesting shading effects. The workshop will end with the printing of the plates with the latest generation Akua inks.

This workshop is recommended for those who already have basic knowledge of intaglio engraving or who have attended at least one of the two workshops prior to this one.

COVID vaccine certification (green pass) is requested

Terms of Particpation

• The maximum number of participants admitted is 8.
• If the minimum number of participants is not reached, the Workshop may be cancelled. In this case, the participants will receive a full refund of the participation fee.
• Palazzo Dandolo is a historic mansion. All of our participants are expected to be aware that the antique furinshing is delicate and to act accordingly.
• Lunch is not included in the cost of the Workshop

• The Scuola Internazionale di Grafica does not provide materials for this Workshop.

Registrations cancelled up to 20 days before the start of the Workshop will receive a refund equal to 50% of the participation fee. Thereafter, no refunds will be paid by the Scuola. Cancellations must be communicated by email to