Revolutionary new techniques and products are making printmaking safer, more sustainable and more accessible than ever before. Working closely with sustainable printmaking innovators, Dwight Pogue and Skip Klepacki, I have been dedicated to developing and sharing safe, environmentally friendly practices that yield professional quality results.
Century Plate Lithography
Developed in the summer of 2011 by Dwight Pogue and Skip Klepacki, Century Plates make lithography much more affordable for students and practitioners alike. They are made of heavy gauge 'commercially pure' aluminum that can be re-grained and re-used hundreds of times. Simply grain the plate using an inexpensive sanding pad and common household cleaning agents. Using plastic or steel pin registration and a single Century Plate, printmakers can easily register and print multiple color lithographs combining crayon, tusche, toner washes, Sharpie paint pens and other materials. Century plates can also be brush coated with D&S self leveling photo-coating and used to print halftones, digital images and hand drawings on mylar. When this capability is combined with the new D&S bio-based processing materials, the need is eliminated for hazardous acids, asphaltum, Red Lacquer V, and lithotine.
Photos from my 2013 Demo, Bio-Based Lithography on the Century Plate. Southern Graphics International Conference. Milwaukee, WI.
Century Plate Downloads and Links:
1. Detailed guide to Bio-Based Litho on the Century Plate.
2. Tips and best practices
3. For video instruction and more information, click here.
Litho-Sphere 2015: A Collaboration
Friday, March 20. 1:45-3:15 and 3:30-5:00.
Velvetint and Electrolysis Etching
Velvetint produces rich, even aquatint and mezzotint results, while eliminating the risk of breathing finely powdered rosin particles and the toxic fumes generated from melting rosin and applying asphaltum and rosin based stop-outs. Simply degrease copper or zinc plates with hot water-- no need for toxic cleaning or polishing products. Then brush coat plates with D&S Posi-Coat, a self-leveling high resolution photo coating made with a vegetable based solvent. Expose a fine stochastic dot screen onto the plate and develop it in an aqueous based developer. The plate is ready to etch and a variety of materials may be used for stopping-out, including D&S BioLac, a 100% bio-based and petroleum free alternative to traditional materials
Etching, lithography, and screenprinting shouldn’t be harmful to the artist or the planet. With cutting edge, never-before-published advances in printmaking media, Printmaking Revolution provides artists, students, and teachers alike with safer, environmentally friendly and non-carcinogenic methods for creating beautiful prints. Inside, teacher and professional artist, Dwight Pogue offers groundbreaking information on embracing green, petroleum-free, nontoxic materials that comply with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. With new alternatives for the modern era, and work by some of today’s most notable artists, including Janet Fish, James Rosenquist Walton Ford, and Louisa Chase, this book truly revolutionizes the techniques, materials, and processes of a time-honored medium.
For more information, visit: www.cspoguegraphics.com