Working with polymers today we printed a large group of spreads. A polymer is similar to a photo emulsion, that which is exposed to light will harden and remain on the surface while the excess is removed. Each of us in the class had our own poem in polymer form. Jamie reminded us that if we ever undertake cutting a polymer on our own that we pay good mind to avoiding doing so sloppily. If cut without care they can have what I would call hang-nails, and those hang nails will print. Just like snagging a real hang nail on a piece of clothing again and again.
Using an inch thick metal base with a matrix on it we placed our polymer according to where we measured on our spread.
The next step consisted of peeling off the back of the polymer so the adhesive would be exposed.
This was then carefully placed back onto the measured matrix. Once adhered, there was little hope to peel the polymer up in an attempt to re-situate. However, there is a little bit of wiggle room due to the matrix plate not maxing out the width of the press. Provided one just doesn't simply slap down their polymer with no care for measurement, this was a forgiving process.
Once adhered to the matrix, one could commence their printing. This sharp looking fellow did just that.
This is the final result after a semesters worth of work.
After the group had left I appropriated some pieces from a linoleum cut that was lying around and adhered them to two one inch thick wooden blocks. There is a sticky back paper that was cut to the shape of each linoleum piece. After satisfactory adhesion, the linoleum was inked and ready to use for my explorations in Hatch Show test printing. This whole process is a wonderful, haphazard playground. I used day glow orange ink and some white to create several prints. The orange on the print just below is so much better appreciated in person.