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Old 03-06-2008, 09:46 AM
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Hand Printed Wedding Invitations in Relief on Photopolymer Plate

I just printed approximately 100 wedding invitations using photopolymer plate. Starting with a broken exposure unit which I was lucky to be able to fix. The whole procedure was a learning experience. KM Photopolymer plate is a similar material as Solar Plate. The thicker of the two KM products KM 76 has an emulsion that is comparable in thickness to that of Solar Plate, making it ideal for flexographic or relief work on an etching press.
I destroyed the first set of plates by over developing them in the water bath. As soon as I say some of the fine 12pt. text breaking down I panicked and started to pat the plate dry with paper towel, that was my second mistake. The paper towels stuck in the softened emulsion and the towel fibers were impossible to remove completely. I only had one option rinse it off with water. I knew very well that the water would continue to develop the plate but it was worth a shot. Upon printing The Proof My Fiancé let me know that I should just try again because those prints were NOT going to be her wedding invitations. So it was back to expose a new plate with the same exposure time but I knew when to pull the plate from the water bath and had devised a plan to remove the un-exposed emulsion form the tiny pits in the closed characters in the 12pt. font. I used a air compressor to dry the plate rapidly, but what was most benificial was that the air pressure pushed the softened emulsion form the enclosed characters creating sharp edges to the font with ample relief.
Overall printing of the 2nd plate went well. The hand inking roller was a little to soft for relief with the fine detail I was working with. It was the only one large enough to print four invitations at a time. I printed on dry Arches Cover White paper with no felts. I only had a thin Non-corrugated piece of cardboard between the press drum and the paper. I printed 21 sheets with four invitations each in about 2 hours. We were cleaned up and out of the shop by 3:30 A.M.

Maybe my story will help you to avoid the mistakes I made. Hopefully an air compressor will work for you to remove photopolymer emulsion at the critical moment to create sharp lines in your photopolymer relief work.
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:54 AM
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Re: Hand Printed Wedding Invitations in Relief on Photopolymer Plate

I had to laugh when I read about the paper toweling. I gave a solar plate demo some years back and was highly embarrassed that it became a 'how NOT to do it' demo.

I hadn't thought of ganging the prints like that. That's an excellent idea for cards.

And congratulations on your upcoming? wedding...

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Re: Hand Printed Wedding Invitations in Relief on Photopolymer Plate

congradulations for the whole thing. i made mine last year using screenprinting. i am sure you have found that spending $30 for paper rather than $1000.00 to have them made in a ink-jet printer is much better.
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Re: Hand Printed Wedding Invitations in Relief on Photopolymer Plate

Congratulations on your engagement! Looks like the invitations are spectacular.
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Re: Hand Printed Wedding Invitations in Relief on Photopolymer Plate

Thanks for the info Alan & congrats! I agree - what a lovely, meaningful invitation you've created for your guests to keep.
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Re: Hand Printed Wedding Invitations in Relief on Photopolymer Plate

congratulations
makes sense if one has the means to make their own invites and save a lot of change
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Re: Hand Printed Wedding Invitations in Relief on Photopolymer Plate

Thank You all for your encouragement and support, this really is a great forum, I can already tell.


There really is some deeper meaning to the patterns used in the wedding invitations, their not just for decoration...

The inspiration is an old rocking chair that belonged to my finance's grandparents, that we know have warming our home. It came from their home, and had been there for years since their time in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Her Grandfather was an educator there, making more money than the local people could ever dream of. The government, who hired him and paid his wages, strongly encouraged that he spend the money he make from the people, locally. He did and shipped crates of furniture to family in the US for safe keeping. He had an awesome collection of artifacts. The rocking chair being one of them. One item of particular interest to me as a printmaker was a decrepit old brass Batik stamp.

The rocking chair really is a work of art, having inlaid brass detail throughout the fine wooden frame.
The Rocking chair came to us after the passing of her grandparents in the past year. We really wanted them to be present on that day so we decided that we would remember them and embody our respect and love for them in a special way.
We printed the invitations with this image in remembrance of them.


From a digital image of the inlaid brass I converted the lines in illustrator, using vectors, this gave me the basis for the invitation. From there we selected text and refined the artwork until we were satisfied to go to print. I was initially thinking that I would print by hand the response cards and a map to the site of the wedding. That didn't happen.


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Old 03-08-2008, 07:36 AM
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Re: Hand Printed Wedding Invitations in Relief on Photopolymer Plate

What a wonderful background story for the invitations. It makes the invitation so much more personal!

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Re: Hand Printed Wedding Invitations in Relief on Photopolymer Plate

Thanks for sharing that beautiful history behind the invitation. What wonderful inspiration.
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Re: Hand Printed Wedding Invitations in Relief on Photopolymer Plate

Wow! That's a beautiful story.
Really original too.
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