Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Experiments with polyester litho plates

Both are the first prints using polyester litho plates which had the image printed on with a laser printer.  It is difficult to roll the ink on evenly, and it is very easy to lose areas when using the roller.  However, the top print was inked a la poupee with scrim, and has given an encouraging result.  More trials are needed!  But the polyester plate is such a brilliant alternative to a stone.

6 comments:

Dijanne Cevaal said...

I really like the effect of these Olga- where do you get poly litho plates? I really like seeing your progress with the printing- printing being another of my passions. Would love to do more but time time time....

marja-leena said...

How interesting! I've not heard of this kind of litho plate, though I've had virtually no experience with any kind of lithography. I like your results. Look forward to seeing more, Olga!

Olga said...

Dijanne, thanks - I get the plates from the print studio where I do my classes, but they are available from printmaking outlets such as Intaglio in London, so I guess they should be available all over.

Marja-Leena, I like these plates too. They allow for me to build up my images on the computer and then transfer to the plate - or to draw directly onto the plate with oily/greasy implements, or permanent markers.

Em said...

Hi, where did you learn how to use polyester litho plates? I've tried to find a course but so far nothing in the UK.

Anonymous said...

The polyester plates are for sale at Intaglio Printmakers in London, you buy 10 sheets for about £40 .
It is the most wonderful thing to do, you draw with Sharpies or ballpoint pens, use proper oil paste litho ink, and no blankets on your etching press.
Make sure you set your drawing with a very hot hair dryer. Or in the oven.
Your your roller and make sure you add gum Arabic and white wine vinegar ( just some drops) in your water, a litho sponge is needed to.
Good luck enjoy !

Anonymous said...

Sorry it's use your roller !
Ring intaglio if you need more details, they have an information sheet.
Happy printing