RE: Polymer gravure plate tone
Yes I looked at Andrews site a few days ago and read the article about his
work in B&W mag.
It seems obvious artists definitely have their own style of working their
plates. I'm sure that looking at the actual gravures is a much different
experience than viewing the web presentation but one thing that occurred to
me how varied in appearance a gravure print will be depending upon whether
they are made from copper plates or polymer. My sense is that the type of
plate and the artists style have a lot to do to with the final appearance of
the print and of plate tone.
As Susan's husband John pointed out, it is a subtlety (or maybe not so
subtle) that merits attention.
From: Katharine Thayer [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 12:21 PM
Subject: Re: Polymer gravure plate tone
I was wondering if some of Andrew Xenios' gravures linked earlier wouldn't
provide an example of plate tone.
On Mar 12, 2007, at 11:36 AM, SusanV wrote:
> Hey, found something here...
> See the light areas of the prints? there's a certain "signature" type
> of tone this artist has. THAT is plate tone.
> On 3/12/07, SusanV <email@example.com> wrote:
>> Hi Don,
>> I did a search but didn't find anything in the way of images... maybe
>> someone else has something.
>> Plate tone is just the last little film of ink left on the areas of a
>> plate that are intended to print "white". In the print it is the
>> slightest little bit of tone in the lightest areas. it can vary a
>> great deal. some plate materials are slicker than others and easier
>> to wipe very clean, leaving little tone. It is a creative choice of
>> the printer, to leave a little or a lot... and in what areas to leave
>> however much they choose. At one extreme you can take cotton swabs
>> and mineral spirits and polish off any evidence of ink. Even the
>> type of ink is a variable... some are more finely ground than others,
>> making it harder to wipe the last little bit off the plate.
>> Printmaking types often compliment other printmakers about their use
>> of plate tone, especially at openings with a few glasses of cheap
>> white in them :o)
>> kinda like discussions of "bokeh". :P
>> On 3/12/07, Don Bryant <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> > Dear Polymer Gravurists,
>> > > Now, speaking of plate tone
>> > Can anyone point me to an online example that shows 'plate tone'?
>> > Thanks,
>> > Don Bryant
>> gravure blog at www.susanvossgravures.blogspot.com
>> website www.dalyvoss.com
> gravure blog at www.susanvossgravures.blogspot.com
> website www.dalyvoss.com