Barbie Kjar Artist Workshop at Baldessin Press

In Events/Exhibitions February 11, 2019


Discover Barbie’s secret recipe! Achieve the ultimate rich black line and tone using a simple but effective Drypoint and Carborundum technique on acetate plates. Barbie Kjar is a talented teacher as well as superb artist, and her generosity, professionalism and sense of fun always makes working with her a totally inspiring experience.

This workshop will introduce ways of creating drypoints on acetate sheets using a range of hand tools. Drypoint technique can be used to create a rich black velvety line in print. Acetate is portable and inexpensive. We will also explore the use of carborundum in conjunction with these drypoints. Carborundum grit powder is used to add areas of tone and texture to your plate.



Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 February 2019

10am – 4:30pm



The Baldessin Press & Studio

90 Shaftesbury Ave

St Andrews VIC 3761



$550 including materials

The workshop is suitable for all levels.


For more details and to book a placement visit or visit Baldessin Press.


Barbie Kjar is a Tasmanian artist (Masters of Fine Art at RMIT; Bachelor of Fine Arts and Education, University of Tasmania) with a special interest in Mokulito due to its ‘wonderful and spontaneous mark making potential’. In 2016 Kjar delved into Mokulito further learning directly from Ewa Budka at Art Print Residence in Arenys de Munt, Spain. Her interest was first sparked in 2004 when she was introduced to wood lithography at the Tokyo Art School during an Australia Council residency in Tokyo. Kjar is represented in state, regional and private collections and has completed numerous residencies around the world. Since 1986 she has held 36 solo exhibitions in Australia and more recently in Barcelona and Tokyo.


The Baldessin Press & Studio is a not-for-profit organisation created in memory of the late George Baldessin (printmaker & sculptor 1939 – 1978), whose original studio is now open to the public for creative use and as a practical legacy to living artists, perpetuating his generous and collaborative spirit. Set within the idyllic surrounds of the St Andrews bushland, 60 minutes north-east of Melbourne, the Baldessin Press operates from the bluestone studio conceived and built by George and Tess Baldessin in the 1970s. The light-filled studio, consisting of three open spaces, is fully equipped for all forms of intaglio and relief printing—with a large, motorised etching press, two manual geared intaglio presses, and the newly restored 1864 Albion press—as well as additional photogravure facilities.

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Images courtesy of Baldessin Press

Feature Image: Barbie Kjar, Eyes (2009), drypoint, 37.5 x 55.5 cm