Photopolymer and Photo-etching Print Techniques (Foundation)
Photopolymer printmaking utilises a light activated printmaking plate that is etched without the need for acid and produces results similar to the 19th century photographic process of photogravure. You will use ready-made Japanese ‘Solarplates’ that are exposed to an image and the image is ‘etched’ into the plastic layer and developed in a mild soda solution. In addition photopolymer film from the roll can be used as a photographic etch resist allowing a photographic image to be etched into a plate (steel, zinc or copper) using various acids. Plates are inked up by hand and printed on the press in the traditional manner. The course offers basic foundation skills in both approaches and will be of particular interest to those working with photographic images as well as hand-drawn artwork.
Tutor: Johnny Bugler. Duration: 2 Days. Participants: 6. Cost: €190