Photogravure print making day at Baldessin Press, St Andrews

What is a photogravure? This a question people me ask a lot. I love the process as I have to use materials like ink and paper on the print making press to get a print. It reminds of the hands on process in the darkroom. The results are beautiful and you can only print a small edition before the plate wears out. I want to show the process of getting a photogravure print with a polymer plate.

 

 

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Photo by Georgina Lucock

 This is the Polymer plate you print your image on and make a digital negative.    

This is the Polymer plate you print your image on and make a digital negative. 

 

 Once the plate has been exposed to UV and washed you need to leave it out in the sun to bake

Once the plate has been exposed to UV and washed you need to leave it out in the sun to bake

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Time to ink up the plate

 

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You need to buff the plate back to take away any excess ink

 

 

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Time to put the plate on the press and pull the print through

 

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This is the result of the Lilypads as a photogravure print