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B.A., The Evergreen State College, 2001

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Biographical Note

Catherine Brooks studied printmaking at Evergreen State College (BA 2001). Following graduation she worked with master printer Rene Taze in Paris, France. From 2002-2009 Catherine worked as master printer at the world premier etching studio, Crown Point Press, in San Francisco, CA. In 2011 she received her MFA in printmaking from Virgina Commonwealth University.

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Magical Secrets About Line Etching and Engraving, the Step-by-Step Art of Incised Lines

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Magical Secrets are sudden flashes of insight that help you make sense of something you care about. If you care about etching, engraving, and drypoint (a form of engraving) you will find revelations here. Author Catherine Brooks is a master printer at Crown Point Press, printers and publishers of etchings since 1962, and she draws on the venerable history of that institution to create an inspirational and highly usable how-to book. Crown Point Press founder, Kathan Brown, adds an appendix on hand-wiping and printing that teaches you to ink and print etchings with Crown Point’s superlative quality. The practical information is artist-centered, with illustrations and discussions of line etchings and engravings enhanced by quotations from the artists who made them.

This book follows Kathan Brown’s Magical Secrets about Thinking Creatively: The Art of Etching and the Truth of Life, and is the second in a continuing series about etchings and engravings. It includes a DVD on which Catherine Brooks and Kathan Brown demonstrate the processes and artists are shown using them. On the accompanying website, you can join others in discussions and find ongoing information and ideas to increase your pleasure in the printmaking world.