Editioning Drawings: Photopolymer and the Artist’s Hand


Nancy Diessner
Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22, 2018, 10-5
$300 non-members, $270 members
$40 materials fee includes film, plates, paper, inks

Though photopolymer plates are usually associated with photo-based imagery, what some people don’t realize is that the plates are also beautifully receptive to drawn imagery. Drawings can be made with almost any kind of drawing tool on frosted mylar. Your mylar drawing then becomes the film positive for exposing the photopolymer plate, and the result is an etching that is very expressive and faithful to the texture and tonal range of your drawing, as well as highly sensitive to the pressure and weight of drawn lines and shapes. Additionally, ink washes can be incorporated into the drawings and yield beautiful painterly effects in an intaglio print.

This workshop will give you everything you need to know to make photopolymer plates with your drawings. The entire process takes place without the use of a computer or a printer—just your hand, a drawing tool, a photopolymer plate, and a light source. These hand-drawn plates expand the options for photopolymer plates, and you’ll leave this workshop with lots of ideas of how you might incorporate it into your own work.

$300 + $40 materials ‐ Non‐Members

$270 + $40 materials ‐ Members