Continuing the process of spit-biting photopolymer plates. This time, adding pigment to the mix!
Or, how I learned to rethink my materials, again.This post follows on the heels of the last ("Blocking Light In a Creative Way"), and recounts another scenario where I made a major inroad in how I approach media, process, and critical thinking. One of the major themes in my studio practice is adaptation. Besides narrowing … Continue reading Spit-Biting and Photopolymer
The electrolyte is the solution that allows electricity to flow from one plate to the other. There is a different electrolyte for different metals. For copper, the electrolyte is copper sulfate. For zinc, the electrolyte is zinc sulfate. For steel, the electrolyte is ferrous sulfate. All three chemicals are readily available online; copper sulfate is … Continue reading The Electrolytic Solution
Here are a few more little photopolymer intaglio prints with a lot of tinkering on the part of the transparencies. No digital bits here! I've been really interested in capturing physical forces, much like early scientists during the advent of photography. These images are a result of capillary action, a physical phenomenon that allows liquid … Continue reading Some New Little Experiments
UPDATE: (July 2020) I sold my litho setup to a great up-and-coming lithographer in Arizona. All equipment, including the little roller went to her. Apparently she got the roller seasoned and in use, and it seems to work well enough. So there's that...glad its all in good hands! UPDATE: (March 2018) I haven't moved further … Continue reading DIY Leather Litho Rollers (Attempt No.1)
I showed off my paper-tearing contraption of at the 2013 Southern Graphics Council conference in Milwaukee, but it just received a new tweak. Something that I am embarrassed to say took me this long to figure out. I switched out the clamps that normally hold the straightedge to drilled holes and wooden pegs. These make … Continue reading Production Paper Tearing (Improved!)
A quick pic of the gorgeous press that will be making her way to my studio soon!
Besides time, you can affect an etch through the strength of the current flowing through the circuit. The lower the amperage, the more delicate the etch, and the finer the details. Conversely, the higher the amperage, the stronger the etch, the courser the details. Amperage, voltage and ohms are often described using an analogy to … Continue reading Virtue No. 463 – Adjustable Strength
A homemade timer switch prevents over-etching due to forgetfulness.