Polymer Photogravure

intaglio printing with plastic plates

Books About Copper Photogravure

These books cover the traditional copper plate photogravure process. There are some commonalities between the methods, and these books may contain information that you find useful.

Copper Plate Photogravure : Demystifying the Process

David Morrish and Marlene MacCallum, 2003
ISBN 0 240 80527 5
Focal Press
Elsevier Science
200 Wheeler Road
Burlington MA 01830
Focal Press


Photogravure : a process handbook

Gary P. Kolb, 1986
ISBN 0 8093 1252 2
Southern Illinois University Press
Out of print
Alibris ?


Photographic Printmaking Techniques

Deli Sacilotto, 1982
ISBN 0 8230 4006 2
Watson-Guptill Publication
Out of print
Alibris ?


Photography and Platemaking for Photo-Lithography

I.H. Sayre, 1969
Lithographic Textbook Publishing Co.
Chicago IL 60602
Out of print
Alibris ?

Books About Intaglio Printing

These books have general information about all types of intaglio printing and contain much information about printing techniques that are common to all intaglio methods.

Magical Secrets about Chine Collé : Pasting, Printing, Mounting and Leafing Step-by-Step

Brian Shure, 2009
ISBN 978 1 891300 23 3
Crown Point Press
Small Press Distribution, SPD
1341 7th Street
Berkeley CA 94710
Crown Point Press


Magical Secrets about Aquatint : Spit Bite, Sugar Lift & Other Etched Tones Step-by-Step

Emily York, 2008
ISBN 978 1 891300 219
Crown Point Press
Small Press Distribution, SPD
1341 7th Street
Berkeley CA 94710
Crown Point Press


Magical Secrets about Line Etching & Engraving : The Step-by-Step Art of Incised Lines

Catherine Brooks, 2007
ISBN 1 891300 20 2
Crown Point Press
Small Press Distribution, SPD
1341 7th Street
Berkeley CA 94710
Crown Point Press


Printmaking : History and Process

Donald Saff & Deli Sacilotto, 1978
ISBN 0 03 085663 9
Wadsworth Publishing ( out of print )
Google Books


Intaglio : The complete safety-first system for creative printmaking

Robert Adam and Carol Robertson, 2007
ISBN 978 0 500 28661 6
Thames and Hudson, Ltd.
Thames and Hudson

Books About Polymerphotogravure

Printmaking with Photopolymer Plates

Dianne Longley, 1998
ISBN 0 646 27392
Illumination Press
PO Box 373 Hindmarsh 5007
87 Frederick Street
Welland 5007 Adelaide South Australia
http://www.diannelongley.com.au/photopolymer-prints


Etching and Photopolymer Intaglio Techniques

Colin Gale, 2006
ISBN 0 713 66702 8
A & C Black Publishers Limited
36 Soho Square
London W1D 3QY
http://www.acblack.com


Printmaking in the Sun: An artist’s guide to making professional-quality prints using the solarplate method

Dan Welden, 2001
ISBN 0 8230 4292 8
Watson-Guptill Publications
770 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
http://www.wgpub.com


The Contemporary Printmaker : Intaglio-type and Acrylic Resist Etching

Keith Howard, 2003
ISBN 0 9741946 0 3
Write-Cross Press
http://www.KeithHoward.org

Materials

Polymer Photogravure Materials list

Here is a list of materials and equipment I use for polymer photogravure:

Josephine Sacabo-1

A Youtube video with artist Josephine Sacabo discussing her use of photogravure in her artistic work.

Josephine Sacabo-2

Part 2 of Youtube video with artist Josephine Sacabo discussing her use of photogravure in her artistic work.

Josephine Sacabo-3

Part 3 of Youtube video with artist Josephine Sacabo discussing her use of photogravure in her artistic work.

Rags

Really??

Okay, this is pretty mundane stuff. But you will find that when working with gravure (copper or polymer) that you use a lot of cloth rags for virtually everything – things such as drying your hands, cleaning your work area and wiping the edges of the plate before printing.

Effect of Age on KM73 Plates

What effect does age have on the Toyobo KM73 Plates?…

They gain contrast.

More? Okay – here is the story. I purchased a large stack of plates from Boxcar Press about two years. I used many of them, but then had to put away my press for almost a year as we moved to another state. When I finally got back and began printing, I noticed that the plates were, well, acting strangely.

Image Versus Screen Exposure

What effect does the screen exposure time have???

Any intaglio printing plate has two requirements. First, it needs to have depressions from the surface of the plate in areas that will hold ink. Second, these depressions need to have a way of holding on to the ink as the plate is wiped. This is accomplished in traditional copper plate photogravure by creating an aquatint prior to etching. An aquatint is simply a microscopically fine random pattern of acid resistant dots on the surface of the plate. These tiny dots create a sea of tiny needles inside the etched depressions of the plate. These un-etched needles create a ‘tooth’ texture which allows the ink to remain in the plate’s depressions as it is wiped prior to printing.