Polymer & Plate Lithography
Arts & DIY
Plate lithography is a variation of traditional lithography and relies on the hydrophobic (water-fearing) and hydrophilic (water-loving) properties of a sheet of plastic or paper. Plate lithography offers an immediate and non-toxic printing process that can incorporate photography, digital designs, and hand-drawn illustrations. This process is low-cost, versatile, and playful process ripe for experimentation.
Plates can be made using an everyday laser printer, then reworked or added to with a variety of tools like ballpoint pens, crayons, and markers. The plate is then carefully inked with oil-based ink and ran through a press.
In this workshop, students will learn both monoprinting techniques and how to make an edition with polyester plates. Digital file preparation will be taught as it is necessary for working with photos. However these processes also lend themselves to hand-drawn imagery, and the computer can be bypassed completely with the use of a photocopier.
By the end of the workshop, students will produce two images using a mix of techniques on 11” x 15” paper. First-time printers, as well as artists with photography and drawing experience, are both well-suited for this workshop.
2 photos or digital images
Plates, paper, and ink!Cancellation Policy
Founded on the premise that art should be a democratic and empowering medium, Spudnik is committed to being an approachable and affordable print shop where professional printmakers merge with aspiring students; a space that encourages collaboration and the sharing of ideas.