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Smart Plate Instructions
Smart Plates: A surface on which to draw and print from, similar to a lithographic stone.

The surface is smooth and transparent which makes it easy to trace.
An image can be made on the computer and then printed on the smart plate using a laser printer.
Smart Plates can be purchased at Takach Press website. Packages run close to $20-50 depending on size and how many.

Posted by Anjeanette Artist from Phoenix, Arizona, United States • Published See Anjeanette Artist's 6 projects »
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  • Step 1

    How to Process Smart Plates

    Pick up your smart plate by the edges, touching just the very tips of the plate so no grease transfers from your fingertips.

  • How to use a printing techniques. Smart Plate Printing - Step 2
    Step 2

    Draw any image using a Sharpie marker, or Bic Atlantis Pens. Leave a half inch margin of blank plate space around your drawing.

  • How to use a printing techniques. Smart Plate Printing - Step 3
    Step 3

    Let your drawing sit on your plate for 15-20 minutes.

  • How to use a printing techniques. Smart Plate Printing - Step 4
    Step 4

    Gather a sponge, a bucket for water and a glass surface. * The glass can be recycled from an old piece of glass from a picture frame!

  • Step 5

    Fill up the bucket with 1 quart of water.

  • How to use a printing techniques. Smart Plate Printing - Step 6
    Step 6

    Put 1 ounce of gum arabic in the bucket.

  • Step 7

    Mix this together well.

  • How to use a printing techniques. Smart Plate Printing - Step 8
    Step 8

    Get Gamblin Lithographic Shop Mix Black Ink, No. 2244. This ink works very well for the process and shouldn’t require any additive for printing. **Replacements and additives are listed below.

  • How to use a printing techniques. Smart Plate Printing - Step 9
    Step 9

    Use your ink knife and lay out a few strips of ink.

  • How to use a printing techniques. Smart Plate Printing - Step 10
    Step 10

    Take your brayer and make sure your brayer is covered evenly with ink. It should make a soft velcro sound.

  • How to use a printing techniques. Smart Plate Printing - Step 11
    Step 11

    Take your sponge and put a little water on the glass surface.

  • How to use a printing techniques. Smart Plate Printing - Step 12
    Step 12

    Put your plate, drawing face up, on the glass surface so that it sticks.

  • How to use a printing techniques. Smart Plate Printing - Step 13
    Step 13

    Immediately sponge the top of your plate, keep it wet the whole time you print. It needs to be kept wet, but not drowned in water.

  • How to use a printing techniques. Smart Plate Printing - Step 14
    Step 14

    Count 4 times rolling ink on your brayer, and 4 times inking your plate. Repeat this until you can tell your image is filling in evenly with ink.

  • How to use a printing techniques. Smart Plate Printing - Step 15
    Step 15

    Take a blank piece of paper and set it aside. Turn over your plate on top of the paper so that you can see through your plate.

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    Step 16

    Gently sponge the back of your plate with water. Take your bonefolder and gently rub the back until you’ve covered the whole drawing area.

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    Step 17

    Turn over your plate back over onto the wetted area and reveal your image!

  • Step 18

    Repeat all these steps until you’ve completed your edition!

    Websites for stuff:

    www.takachpress.com-- for sponges, smart plates and ink
    www.hollanders.com-- for papers, bonefolder and other bookmaking supplies

    Any other supplies you can find cheap at places like Hobby Lobby if you’re looking to experiment with less expensive materials. :)

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