For our first collaboration with Jordi Ribes we wanted to do things a little differently so we decided to go with an intaglio printmaking technique. Intaglio is the opposite of the usual relief printing. In relief printing the ink is applied to paper from a raised surface, much like how a regular stamp works. But with intaglio techniques, like etching and engraving, markings are made on a surface which the ink then sinks into. Imagine a reverse stamp where the negative spaces are filled with colour instead!
Jordi’s print was made using photopolymer etching. For this we have to first seperate the artist’s image into different layers. Then a UV light is used to burn each layer into an individual metal plate. The printing happens layer by layer with colour being pushed into the burned-in areas on each plate by hand. After this the plate and paper are rolled through an incredibly high pressure printing press. Always very carefully matching the position of each plate to the previous one for a crisp image. Once printing is done details are added with watercolour to create an illusion of depth. You can see this on the gloves of the main character.
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