Although I began with traditional etching techniques I have switched over to several different less toxic approaches to creating plates. Solar etching provides a basic method to convert drawings and photographs into etched plates that may be used for edition printing or mono-printing. You can work directly by painting on the plate with ink or use transparent images over the plate and expose them in the sun or in an ultraviolet light box. The plates are covered with a light sensitive coating, which you can etch with water. They are durable and may also be shaped and cut.