Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2014 art classes - Solar Plate and Bookbinding

I have another opportunity to teach two art workshops @ Solander Gallery, Wellington, at the end of March,
 so planning and preparation for these is underway now. 

DIY solar plate and prints

Sunday March 30th is looking at new and DIY solar plate technologies. Monday March 31st is book arts, 
which includes reclaiming materials from old books, making a mini art journal and book making using 
cross structure binding.  
If  the sample works in the photos appeal to you sign up and create your own!
Cost per participant (for one day course) = $145.00 
Deposit required to secure booking = $70.00
Enrollments taken through  Solander Works on Paper Ltd

mini art journals using reclaimed materials and working proofs
Cross structure binding, handpainted covers with Indian ink


  1. oohh mini art journals sound fun! I made a wee book tonight at work for someone out of an old foolscap file. And I sitched it properly (made it up and it worked) you would be proud of me.x

  2. Hi there Lynn
    Really intrigued by the sound of that DIY solar plate course you are running......but I'm over here in Scotland !!! Is it possible to explain very briefly what one does. Is it a case of applying the roll on photographic emulsion to cardboard `? What does one do so that the cardboard "plate' (so to speak) does't dissolve when you dip it into the 'developer' (washing soda crystals) I can think of the scientific name for the stuff.
    I did try this once but yeah the cardboard with the exposed image on it after i took it out of the lightbox , started to fall apart in the water.
    Am I on the right track ?
    PLEASE email me and just tell me the thing to do to make this work ??

  3. Hi Anie - hopefully I will get to Scotland one day...but in the meantime I use the RED photographic emulsion from this company
    I have tried a clear emulsion but it is too hard to see what you have washed out and this one also means you can coat the plates and then have a few days to dream, rather than having to expose within 24 hours. Shellac protects the cardboard plate although I am now experimenting with polyurethane as I find the card board breaks down around the edges. This process washes out in water. I am going to do some experiments with applying the emulsion onto old etching plates. I create a tonal ground by applying a layer of fine silk screen fabric onto the cardboard before applying the emulsion. So I will email you with some more tips!

  4. This process would work well integrated with collographs too.