Monday, November 07, 2011

Tradigital, 1

A couple months ago, I started working at Josephine Press in Santa Monica. It's a small press that publishes a few prints, does some workshops, etc. Josephine does a lot of "tradigital" work, prints that combine digital and traditional techniques. Mostly, theses are intaglio and relief prints over digital backgrounds. The digital part is often very colorful, which is taking some getting used to for me. John Greco, the master printer at Josephine, had me make two tradigital relief prints using photopolymer plates and digital backgrounds.


Photopolymer plates are also something I've never worked with much before. Light hits the plate and hardens the polymer there, so to work with it you make a negative of the image you eventually want to print, much like photography. I painted my negative on wetwork acetate using cel medium, but you can also just invert an image in Photoshop and print it out on a transparency if you don't like having to think backwards.


The relief printed image is from an artjam I did with my pal Trent Call, and the digital bit is a photograph I took of downtown LA. The paper is this special washi that's coated to be used in inkjet printers from Hiromi Paper.

2 comments:

Aine Scannell said...

I don't often see the term TRADIGITAL so I had to comment - have you seen the blog I made about printers working using this approach?

Theres lots of examples on there..........
I haven't posted on there in a while though

I dont think you are that in to it but maybe later you will get an idea for something where it will be useful.......
http://hybriddigitaltraditionalprints.blogspot.com/

Camilla Taylor said...

Yeah, looking at other people's work in this medium really helps. Personally, I still dislike using digital printouts but we do so much of it at the shop that I need to get more comfortable with it. Thanks for the link!