The photopolymer gravure technique
The motif is printed on a transparent positive which is placed against a copper plate covered with a film of photo-initiating polymer. Exposure to UV light transfers the image to the plate where it is developed with water and soda. The motif is hereby transferred into the plate as tiny recesses. The plate is applied with ink by wiping the surface to push the ink into the recessed grooves. The plate is then rubbed with tarlatan cloth to remove most of the excess ink. Then the copperplate is hand-pulled printed on to damp paper as a traditional copperplate etching by rolling plate and paper through a rolling press.
The paper used for the prints is Zerkall-Buetten mould made printing paper, laid. The paper is acid free, neutral sized, alkaline buffered with calcium carbonate and contain no optical brightener. The printing colors used for the prints are Akua Intaglio Inks.
The prints are printed 1, 2 or 3 times with different colors. In the 2 and 3 colored printing process, each print in the edition will have its own unique color scheme.