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