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Photopolymer Gravure: Transforming your Photographs

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Photopolymer Gravure: Transforming your Photographs
Karen Hymer
Date and Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
$215 plus $70 Materials Fee
Total Cost:
Minimum Age Level:
Skill Level:
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February 26, 2019
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March 12, 2019

Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

Transform your photographs into beautiful gravure etchings. Photopolymer gravure printing evolved from the 19th century gravure process that involved metal plates, toxic chemicals and long exposures. Today we can make equally wonderful prints using non-toxic, light-sensitive Solarplates that develop in water instead of acid. This environmentally friendly process translates photographic detail into ink on paper with unparalleled beauty. It is a fun process requiring no previous experience. Participants will choose three favorite digital photos to turn into gravures (2) 4"x5" and (1) 6"x8"). Students will leave with 8 - 10 prints. No prior printmaking experience is required.

About the Instructor(s)

Karen Hymer is a visual artist and educator from Tucson, Arizona. She holds BFA, MA and MFA degrees in Fine Art Photography and has taught for over 25 years. She sees teaching as an opportunity to present new ways of experiencing the world through interaction with nature and image making. Karen’s current work explores the effects of time on the human body and various plant life. Her richly detailed photogravures emphasize the interplay of texture, pattern, light and shadow in muted earth tones. Her images are visually seductive; a poetic beauty is revealed in often overlooked subjects.

Materials List: Students Bring


• Digital images, Karen will contact students at the end of April with detailed instructions for emailing her images

• Apron or old shirt to wear.

• Container to transport prints home - 10" x 12" or larger


• Colored pencils

• Watercolor

• Pastels

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)


• Paper – BFK (two colors)

• Plates

• Black bags

• Aquatint screens

• Exposure unit

• Glass, wood backing, matt

• Pallet knives

• Matt board for scraping

• Powder and brush

• Washout trays (2) with magnets and wipers

• Brushes

• Akua wiping cloth

• Q-tips

• Dawn Dishwashing liquid

• Inks

• Modifier for thinning inks (Charbonnel Aqua wash oil)

• Masking tape

• Hand magnets – 1 per person

• Flat magnets – 1 per person

• File

• Positives of student images

• Plastic guide for press

• Plastic to cover guide

• Rolling pin

• Blankets for blotting

• Tray for soaking paper

• Spray bottle

• Paper towels

• Glass for inking

• Graduate for water

• Gloves

• Handouts

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