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Printmaking with SOLARPLATE is a simple approach and safer alternative to traditional etching and relief printing. SOLARPLATE is a prepared, light-sensitive polymer surface on a steel backing for artists to produce fine prints. Since Dan Welden's development of the process in the 1970s, printmakers, painters, photographers, and art teachers interested in multiple impressions have found printmaking with SOLARPLATE an exciting adventure. All one needs is inspiration, a graphic image created on a transparent film (acetate or glass), sun or UV light, and ordinary tap water, and the process is ready to begin. Both positives and negatives can be utilized; intaglio and relief printing techniques can be applied.
Universities and art schools all over the world are using SOLARPLATE as part of their curriculum. The simple, spontaneous approach also makes it faster and more economical for use in professional printmaking workshops and collaborations with artists. Educators are replacing traditional acid techniques with SOLARPLATE due to safety regulations. Being photographic in nature, SOLARPLATE incorporates a broader range of techniques than any other printing medium.
SOLARPLATE HOW TO:
Step One: Prepare Artwork
Step Two: Expose Plate to UV Light
First, place the Aquatint Screen, emulsion face down, in direct contact with the plate. Sandwich the plate and screen between thick plate glass and a foam backing with a rigid board. Clamp the entire unit together and expose it to the sun, or artificial UV light source, perpendicular to the rays. Best results are achieved at noontime in strong sunlight, an average time would be 90 seconds in the summer in northeast United States. Once the plate has been exposed to the screen, bring the entire unit indoors and replace the screen with the artwork. The exposure is repeated however the time may differ.
NOTE: The darker or more dense the transparency — the longer the exposure; The lighter or more delicate the transparency — the shorter the exposure. Times can vary from 3 minutes down to 15 seconds.
REMEMBER: Keep the first exposure with your time consistent. For darker results DECREASE your exposure time; for lighter results; increase your exposure time.
NEVER USE THE DOUBLE EXPOSURE TECHNIQUE FOR RELIEF PLATES. ALWAYS TEST FIRST BEFORE USING LARGE PLATES.
Step Three: Rinse Plate in Water
Step Four: Harden Plate
Step Five: Filing the Plate
Step Six: Print Plate
The ease in inking is enhanced by using a magnetic vinyl under the Solarplate. The steel backed Solarplate stays put on the magnet making the wiping or rolling action extremely simple.
Meininger Price: 5x7: $9.95 | 8x10: $16.95 | 9x12: $23.95 | 11x14: $41.95 | 12x16: $43.95 | 16x20: $68.95
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