TEACHER: Silvi Glattauer
DATE: Sat 9 – Sun 10 Dec
TIME: 10am – 4pm
LOCATION: QG&W art & print studios
Explore and learn the use of photopolymer printing plates in combination with digital photography to create Photogravure etchings. This is a completely non-toxic approach without the use of solvents, or acids.
This workshop will teach you the ‘Direct to Plate’ system. We transfer the image directly on to the plate with the use of an inkjet printer. Plates are then exposed using UV light, processed with water and printed via an etching press.
We do not use films for making plates, which simplifies the process immensely. Giving you more time to make prints!
This workshop will give you an insight into the hybridisation of digital techniques with the hand made print. We will look at printmaking techniques, including inks and paper options, setting up the etching press, color options with roll ups and digital chine collé.
This workshop is ideal for photographers, printmakers and artists.
- Preparing your images in Photoshop – Optimizing quality of your original image to suit the photogravure print.
- Direct to Plate printing vs using films – pros and cons.
- Inkjet printer options.
- Exposure Unit options.
- Printing images directly on to Photopolymer plate – adjusting for plate contrast.
- Testing exposure times.
- Plate making – process
- Proofing plates, using various ink densities to adjust print qualities.
- Review of day one
- More plate making
- Printmaking techniques for press preparation, registration, paper options
- Chine Colle techniques using rice papers and digitally created color layers.
- There will be plenty of time for experimentation during day 2.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: This workshop assumes that you have a basic working knowledge of Photoshop and your digital camera.
INCLUDED: All materials. Glass of wine/cheese on completion and tea. Nespresso coffee (gold coin donation).
NOT INCLUDED: Drawing journal, accommodation and food. Plenty of food choice in Queenscliff.
NOTES: Please note QG&W does not have cooling and there is one flight of stairs between the art and print studio.
- 5 – 7 Digital photos (300dpi, RGB or RAW)
- Laptop, power cords etc. (Photoshop)
- A USB drive
- Plastic bag to store your plates (zip lock bags are good for this)
- Note taking materials
- A digital camera may be useful for you to record some of the steps
- Welcome to bring along any specialty papers, etching papers or Japanese rice papers.
ESSENTIAL: Wear protective footwear