Solar Plate (Photopolymer) for Relief and Intaglio

Date & time: 03/02/2019 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tutor: John Wallett
Provided: Solar plates, UV lightbox, sample artwork, transparent media and variety of inks and textured materials to use for trial exposures.


Cost: £60

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Event Details

‘Solar Plate’ is a modern photo-polymer alternative to traditional acid etching. It uses a short burst of UV light to transfer black and white or halftone images onto a plastic coated metal plate which can then be used for relief or intaglio (etching-style) printing.

In this one day session we will see how to make both high contrast relief plates and tonal intaglio printing plates using this amazingly versatile alternative to metal plate etching… but without use of toxic acids.

During the session we will look at examples different plates and the prints they can produce. We will make timed test strips and then use the process to make a tonal or textural intaglio plate from our original artwork. We will expose, wash and harden the plate during the morning, ready to ink up as an one- or two-colour print during the afternoon.

For further background about how Solar Plate works please see We will circulate further details a week before the workshops together with details of what to bring.

(image of plate and print: Simon Carter)

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