Intaglio prints are made by rubbing ink into the textured surface of a plate and wiping it off again, leaving ink in the grooves. This is run through a printing press at high pressure to transfer the image onto damp paper.
One of the delights of experimental printmaking is using materials that have a mind of their own. I like the feeling that I am letting it do its own thing and also at the same time guiding the process. It feels more like a collaboration and I often find my ideas are modified and altered as my understanding of the material grows. If you too enjoy this approach then you will definitely like experimenting with Tyvek printing plates.
This post is about reusing metallised film to make interesting printing plates. Metallised film packaging is used to keep food fresher, it is made by coating plastic with a very thin film of aluminium, and it is currently not recycled.
An important reason for writing this blog is to encourage people to have a go and experiment with printmaking, so it is great when readers get back to me with information about what they have done as a result of seeing a particular post.
I was delighted to receive an email from Angela Harpham with examples of plates made by the Joint Practice Group, as Sinclair Ashman and Kate Tidmarsh had already posted about their aluminium tape plates on Instagram (see below), and Handprinted had added the technique to their website, I realised there were quite a few people playing around with this technique in the seclusion of their own studios. It seemed like a good idea to bring it all together…