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Printing by Offset Using a Palm Press, Ozuka’s Baren or Even a Bottle.

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

    A printer in Japanese has asked me more about how the palm press could be used to print small editions by offset on her kitchen table, so I agreed to discuss this technique. While there is information out there on how to print directly from plate to paper using the palm press, the […]

CD has become a DVD and now ready

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

At long last this project has become possible with the release of Adobe Acrobat 9 pro. This allowed Adobe Flash to be used for the video clips I have inserted into the PDF format. Why use PDF instead of HTML - or even Director? I purchased Macromedia’s Director a few years ago in the hope […]

Simple Pin Registration System

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

While giving a workshop in Ireland, I talked about the advantages of using registration pins for the most accurate method that I know of, but the cost of a proper registration punch is beyond the means of most printmakers. While it is possible to construct a good system using common two or three hole paper […]

Linear Offset

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Recently I have found the wisdom to again use my linear offset attachment so I could get nice flats and better detail in the fine inkjet images. I have always known that offset printing is much gentler on plates, but using delicate surfaced waterless plates makes this even more important. A rubber blanket is glued […]

Origin of Copper Sulfate Mordant

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Over the weekend some students from the university paid me a visit to talk about printmaking. During the afternoon we got talking about their use of the copper sulfate mordant for etching aluminium. One of them had encountered some articles about it on the Internet and the fact many there think it was developed in […]

More Research with Positive Plates

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

It has become a challenge for me to come up with a simple process to make positive plates that would keep as fine detail that commercial plates give. While this is now possible using the new technique with the fine tints, where particles of toner are placed far apart, it is the heavy inked areas […]

Research with new positive plates

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

I have managed to finish an edition using my new plate technique and have learned quite a bit in the process. While it is more convenient to make a plate, I have found it is not as forgiving as my modified Deep Etch method I have been using.  I have found that the emulsion beneath […]

New Positive plate method

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

While Kae was making a plate, she commented on the fact the silicone she uses in Japan does not smell of vinegar. Hmm? Very early in my research into my waterless litho process, I had tried a number of different silicones that were available, and one promoted as neutral cure was one I used. It […]

Visiting Japanese Printmaker

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Last night Kae Shigemura came again from Japan to spend some time with my wife and I to learn a bit more about waterless lithography.  She was here for ten days a couple years ago, after finding my website and contacting me. She had studied waterless lithography in Boston but had never heard of my […]


Thursday, October 4th, 2007

When inkjet printers first arrived, the ink was not very lightfast, so I only used the small sized printers for letters, printouts of news items and some photographs. I am still not impressed with the light fastness of dyebased ink, but would certainly like to try pigmented ink available for other wide format  printers. I […]

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