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08-26-2007, 10:42 AM
I thought this link was worthy of its own thread. Polymer clay and circuit board makers have been using this for years now. There are 2 brands of light sensitive materials at this site:
You can just lay them down with no frame & print one at a time or for production (Marissa), they also fit these to Gocco.
Here is a how-to on exposure and use:
08-26-2007, 10:48 AM
thanks for posting the link about the Photo EZ screening kit
this is very similar to the process I use for speedball Diazo photo emulsion although in this case I wouldn't have to mix and coat a screen with a liquid light-sensitive solution but still I expose my artwork as a transparency using a strong light source like this does
08-26-2007, 02:47 PM
The beauty of the PhotoEZ is that people who would never think of silk screening - like the polymer clay groups - are using it.
09-03-2007, 02:31 PM
I posted this link months ago because I bought two kits (basic and mini). I think I posted it as a link for members who have a Print Gocco. Their contact frames are great and I will use them with solar plates for up to 10 x 12 inch prints. The magnets are strong and hold the frame very securely. I haven't had time to try out the kits but I'm sure I'll use the frames a lot with solar plates.
They are very nice, helpful people to deal with.
Thanks so much for the second link. That's very helpful. I need all the help I can get.
09-03-2007, 11:50 PM
I need all the help I can get.
Me too, Carol Ann. Do you have Print Gocco? I believe Marissa does but I don't recall her posting any experiences with it. At first I was jealous because she got a great bargain, then I realized I don't use a third of the things I have lying around anyway.
I recently did use my solar plates with varying levels of success. I am going to work on one of the failures tomorrow to see if I can add to it and make it into something I like.:rolleyes:
09-08-2007, 09:40 PM
I did a workshop using photo solution for a design in screen printing (I think you were the only one to respond to my post on that - thanks) and didn't really enjoy the actual printing process itself so I'm not too sure if I'll do much more of it - those big globs of messy black paint on the screen over expensive paper completely unnerved me! lol I'm used to messy plates, but they are pretty much under control by the time you place paper on top and run them through a press. Does that make sense?? Although I think a Print Gocco might be quite fun because it's on a smaller scale. I remembered people on here who own Print Gocco kits lamenting that the Print Gocco is being discontinued and supplies would be difficult to get so when I saw a solution to this on the above site, I posted it here in case Print Gocco owners found it useful. Mainly I liked the kits on this site because I'm really interested in using solar plates so I bought the large and small kits to get the frames. I hoped they would work with solar plates (not just screens) and I'm sure they will. We are travelling too much right now (we're back in Canada for a few months) for me to get any hands-on experimenting but when I get back to Australia in the southern summer, and get the family Christmas behind me, I'll be rearing to go. Meanwhile I read and learn everything I can and squeeze in a little watercolour work because it's portable and helps a little to satisfy my creative urges. But I can't wait to get my press up and running back home and start experimenting with different printmaking techniques.
I think you should play with your solar plate failures with any medium you feel comfortable with and I'm sure you will end up with good images in a multi media form! I used to teach (a long time ago now) and I found helping people to correct their booboos was a very satisfying learning experience for me - total panic when you first start to teach because students expect you to know EVERYTHING. In fact I learnt far more myself by being forced to come up with solutions to their booboos than I did painting my own work. I don't know why it's taken me so long to shed this purist mode with my prints and just pick up a crayon or watercolour or something and start scribbling and painting on my failures. I have to thank Diane for steering me in the direction of Belinda del Pesco's blog. If you haven't looked at her blog, B, please do. It's liberating! Although she hasn't worked on ghost prints much lately - here's one -
Have fun with your failures (the pressure's off) and show us what you end up making of them!
09-09-2007, 08:58 AM
I've been even more inspired by Belinda and her ghost prints. It can be very fun and liberating... where some the printed edges are no long clear, I've cropped and mounted them. The best thing is that I am more than satisfied with them and they also sell well.
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