Photopolymer plate

I use photopolymer plates mostly for relief printing if I want very fine lines.

So I spend some time drawing (pen and ink) several dragonflies:


As I intend to produce a relief plate, the first step consists in the production of a negative of the drawings.



Platemaking is done on my UV exposure unit (the one I use to produce electronic circuits) and washing out in the bathtub. (Not very professional.)

To see how it is done watch these videos on youtube:

– Photopolymer Exposure and Development (Nicholas Silberg)

How to create a photopolymer letterpress plate (Genevieve Carroll)

The result:


and the print:


A very fine and explicit description of the process may be found on

Diane Longley’s website.


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