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An Introduction To Photopolymer Printmaking at Edinburgh Printmakers.

Just finished a fantastic course at the excellent Edinburgh Printmakers Studio. I enjoyed it immensely, as you can tell by my tone. A great teacher in Leena Nammari, who explained things well and kept us all going to get things done on time, with a good set of fellow students.

In essence the idea is to take a photo from either film (scanned) or digital source, create a digital output acetate, then use this to create a photopolymer based etched metal plate for doing more traditional ink and paper printing using a press. In this course we used two types of photopolymer – a Photek Film and a Toyobo Plate – to bond and then etch to create the master print plate.

I’ll not go into too much detail here as my brain is full (or empty) after the two day course, but here are some images to give a feel for what I experienced. I learned loads and have loads more to learn, thanks again to Leena.

Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Preparing the the plates. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Mary Preparing Her Plate. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Acetate Used to Make Etched Printing Plate. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Etched Photek Plate Ready for Printing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Printers Scrim and Workspace For Inking. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Inking A Photopolymer (Toyobo) Etched Plate. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photopolymer (Toyobo) Etched Metal Printing Plate Ready For Inking. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photopolymer (Toyobo) Etched Metal Printing Plate, Inked And Ready For Printing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Printed Image From Photopolymer (Toyobo) Plate. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Burnt Umber, The Colour Used for the Print Above. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

 

Author: knicksen

henni.photo brings together Lynn Henni who has studied photography and film-making and Paul Henni who has a background as a freelance designer and sculptor. Their interest in urban imagery combined with a lifetime of living in and exploring their home city of Edinburgh brings a unique perspective to this beautiful and multi-faceted place. Sometimes gritty, often unexpected, their images present an insider’s perspective on the city.

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