this magical printmaking process that I was fortunate to learn in Venezia last year can be the most wonderful but also a most difficult printing process a dedicated printmaker will ever do .... but it rewards when it works well.... tonight I had one of those Eureka moments!
From this reverse plate of my photograph of Cochin fishermen shown here . .
After magical solutions are applied and removed the press beckons
To this a wonderful one off print produced from the alchemy
New versus used it's beautiful whatever, I find it has its own entity and identity each time we work I hang onto it as long as I can always, until it can scrim no more.
The printing press - I am in love ❤️ — at John Howard Print Studios
Polymer Photogravure is a printmaking technique that falls under the Intaglio process of printmaking, which means creating an image lower than the surface level of the plate. In this case, an image is exposed onto a Polymer plate, inked and printed. The subtle grooves in the plate hold the ink which is the essence of intaglio.
This is my first days experience of this wonderful tactile process, one that is quite skilled and involved and never a print shall be exactly the same - it is wonderfully creative and unpredicable sometimes, but very satisfying - I am hooked totally. For years I have looking for an alternative special process to print my photographs one that does not invole Giclee. Here it is my journey is just beginning....
Here are a few grab shots from my iphone, whilst I was working on Day One. Six small cropped sample plates etched from six A4 photographic images and then eventually prints made from the Printing Press with a whole lot of process in between.