Printmaking in the Sun

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A highly expressive and versatile art medium is thoroughly examined in the first book ever devoted to the revolutionary solarplate printmaking process. In its great flexibility, this process gives artists a safe way to create professional-quality prints that resemble etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, screenprints, or photos. Clear instructions, diagrams, and photos are provided. Images by famous contemporary artists show the diverse ways of working in this rewarding medium.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823042928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823042920
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

Five Stars

 on October 1, 2017
By John B
Great book.


2 people found this helpful.
 on June 27, 2013
By sharone
My class enjoyed experimenting with this technique. The instructions in the book are quite clear. When I had a question I called the author and he went far beyond the call of duty to help.

Fabulous book

 on January 7, 2014
By BKOregon
I splurged and bought this out of print book after looking at a library copy. It has very clear instructions and details, and while a bit dated in terms of today’s solar print materials, has much good information. It really widened my limited view and knowledge about solar etching. Prepare for a big hit on your pocketbook however.

Although this seems like a lot of money for a paperback (textbook price) …

4 people found this helpful.
 on January 19, 2015
By Wendy
Although this seems like a lot of money for a paperback (textbook price) I think it is well worth it. I took a workshop with him about solar printing on glass some years ago. We got to sand the surface of the glass with an abrasive, do a drawing and expose it in the light box and print it on the etching press. I highly recommend this process as it eliminates all the chemicals used in zinc plate etching and the quality of the drawing on the glass reminds me of a lithograph. I am going to make a light box and start this process.

Excellent – possibly the best resource on solarplate printing

21 people found this helpful.
 on January 30, 2007
By Brian Asquith
My over-riding impression after having just put this book down is “Why can’t all How-to art books be of this quality?”. Along with printing I also dabble with oils, watercolours, acrylics, pen and ink, and charcoal. As a self taught artist i find books to be a major source of my knowledge. With 250 art related books littering my shelves Welden’s book is top of the pile. It is superbly written, passing on valuable knowledge of use to both the beginner and the more experienced printmaker. His co-author Pauline Muir is a trained scientist and maybe she’s the reason for the straight-to-the-point approach as opposed to the fluff that litters so many other art books. Welden opens with an overview of the chemical mechanisms involved in the solarprint process. And then moves on to the details of what type of plate to buy, cutting, storing, exposure, materials etc. The relief and intaglio processes are covered next, in depth from creating the intial image through to printing the plates. Digital imaging, photogravure and various approaches for colour printing follow. Numerous tips are presented. An extensive list of eqpt suppliers is also provided. The book is well illustrated throughout and printed on good quality paper. Another excellent book from Watson & Guptill. Absolutely 100% recommended for anyone interested in the solarplate method.

Five Stars

 on April 26, 2016
By D. B. S.
Excellent book.


 on September 1, 2013
By bernie boundy
Great information well explained. Good guide to solar plate etching. interesting images and information for interested printmakers.

Great book! I was inspired to travel to Palm …

 on December 2, 2014
By Sophie
Great book! I was inspired to travel to Palm Springs and take the workshop.

Great introduction

One person found this helpful.
 on January 18, 2013
By Marilyn Wylder
Excellent, thorough introduction to this non-perilous method of printmaking. – – – – – – – – – — –

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