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Photopolymer Platemaking- An introduction

How to make PHOTOPOLYMER PLATES for LETTERPRESS PRINTING, from DIGITAL FILMS and ANALOGUE CLICHE VERDE.

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This is an opportunity to learn how to prepare/order silver films for phot0polymer, how to modify/set up an inkjet printer to do the same, how to process the water washout style plates with a stack type photopolymer platemaker, and then have the opportunity to ink and ‘proof’ your plate.

We will also have the opportunity to cover the ins and outs of “cliche verde” style platemaking, involving making hand-produced negatives using a reversal process and an inking/scratching process. This allows for more of a direct drawing application of the medium, and is intended to provide a means for impressing the “hand of the artist” back into the work, rather than a digital approach to platemaking.

To participate, you’ll need to be able to be in the NY area for up to 6 hours (4 hour course, 30 minute break for lunch, 30 minutes on the press for proofing at the end).

After going through the steps and understanding how the process works, local participants will have the future opportunity to rent time on the workshop’s machine based on a dayrate.

This is not a workshop opportunity, but rather an offer to come to a private printing studio and have a lesson in this process. Compensation is based upon particularities of participant (income), and will be on a sliding scale with fixed rates for the materials expended. Contact for details.

Email [email protected] if you are interested in exploring the possibilities but have been too timid to take the steps yourself.

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