About a year or so ago I was introduced to Polyester Plate Lithography - this is lithographic printing using a special plastic plate. Lithography is a printmaking technique based on the concept that oil repels water.
This week I have been printing a plate I've made using a drawing of a Stone Curlew - look them up HERE - one of my favourite local urban birds. I did the drawing on cartridge paper using black marker pens (0.3 to 0.8), then photocopied the drawing onto the plate using a laser printer. The heat of the printer fixes the toner to the plate, and its ready to print. Easy!
I wet down the plate with a mix of water and Gum Arabic. I then rolled the lithographic ink over the plate, taking turns of wetting and wiping with a sponge then rolling etc etc. The plate must be wet so that only the image accepts the ink.
I then printed the plate using my Xcut machine on damp paper.
All good fun, I plan to do some more printing tomorrow. Right now its time to get out into the garden and get some fresh air! I just wish there was a real Stone Curlew out there.....
|My printing area in my studio, you can see my Xcut printer|
in the bottom right corner.
My 'inspiration' pin board is behind my work bench,
looks kind of cluttered but totally OK in my mind!
|My new inks, expensive at $40 tube but I'm|
hoping will perform better than my etching inks.
|My polyester plate on the left and print on the right.|
Like two curlews checking each other out!
|Wiping the plate with water between inking rolls.|
|Detail of the sponge in action.|
Gloves are great for printmaking as well as for
|Rolling the ink, back and forth, side to side.|
Then wipe down with water again.
|Disappointingly and not surprisingly,|
the plate was a bit dirty and left marks on the print.
Perhaps an opportunity to monoprint onto
the background to disguise it?
|A finished print.|
I did four, this was the best one.
|Gum Arabic - the key to this lithographic technique.|