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Collotype Demonstration

Demonstration

Date:18th and 19th September 2009
Venue: Impact Printmaking Conference, CFPR, UWE Bristol
Instructor Dr Paul Thirkell
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Collotype is one of the oldest of the photomechanical techniques but nevertheless one of the finest with regard to tone and image quality (even by today’s standards). Like photogravure it is able to print photographic quality continuous tone in ink, however, where photogravure is an intaglio process, collotype is planographic medium, using a similar principles to those of lithography for the creation of prints.

This four-day masterclass provided hands-on instruction in all aspects of each version of collotype printing including the creation of suitable negatives for the process and the traditional gelatine coated glass plate technique as well as the more readily accessible gelatine coated film method that became popular in the US in the 1980’s.


 

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