Re: I can't make sense of all of this information!
Hi, Its a hard question because you are talking about two entirely different things. A reproduction of your B&W work can be done in many ways - I really dont know much about them but I'm sure you have looked into it. What we on this forum do is not reproductions but a art technique in itself. If you have drawings from which you would like to make original prints, you have to realise that the process will change the image, and you will not end up with a reproduction but a whole new piece of art, which may be a one off or a 100 - your choice. What you have to realise too is that all the processes you read about on this forum will have a rather steep learning curve and a significant outlay in materials.
So onto the ways you can use your drawings for creating an original print:
1. Solar print, where you copy the image onto a translucent material, place this over a plate with a photo emulsion covering and expose it to the sun or a uv light. Then you wash off the undeveloped stuff, etch the plate in an acid, ink it and wipe it and then print it on paper with an etching press. As you can see this is a highly technical process and you will need help in learning how to do it, as well as access to a press.
2. Silkscreen - where you create a stencil of the drawing (many ways to do that) and then print it by squeezing ink through a silk screen and the stencil onto paper. Once again not that easy and you will need some help and materials.
3. Drypoint etching - this may be the easiest to start with if you are used to drawing - you literally draw/scratch your image into a copper or other plate with a sharp tool, then rub ink into the grooves you created, wipe it clean and print on paper with a press. It does mean re-drawing the image again as you transfer the image on the plate but have to physically scratch it in.
4. Etching - protect a metal plate with an acid resit ground, draw into the ground to expose the metal, etch the exposed metal in an acid, clean the ground off, ink it wipe it and print it with a press.
5. Relief print - transfer the image onto wood or lino block - cut out the lines with a sharp cutter (will print the negative or white line) or cut out everything but the lines, ink it by rolling a thin layer onto the block, print it with a press, a baren or a wooden spoon and lots of elbow grease.
6. Lithography - drawing on a stone and then using water/oil repelling properties to ink the image and print onto paper using a litho press.
There are many ways to transfer the image onto the plate, rubbing a toner photocopy with acetone will release the image, old fashioned graphite/carbon paper and physically drawing it again, and a few others I haven't tried yet. Personally I just draw straight onto the plate/block in the first place, which comes back to printmaking not being about making reproductions, but being a separate art form in itself.
Give it a go, its a lot of fun! Have a look in you area if there are any printmaking studios that offer workshops, you will need someone to show you the ropes.
Good luck, Annamie
Last edited by inugie : 03-31-2012 at 09:38 AM.