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Friday, August 19th, 2011

Trailer for litho film

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Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Monotype Session


Finished monotype assembly just prior to being printed.

picture-2picture-1In Tampa, FL I worked on a monotype session with Lynn Havel from Gunnison, CO. Here are a few video clips from that session that we recorded for fun. Please go to the Artists/Images page and click on Lynn’s name for more pics of his work- some were done in Spokane, WA and others in Tampa, FL. In these photos Lynn is starting to assemble the print by working with inked flats on a litho plate and on papers which have been torn to shapes. To see more monotypes by different artists, please go to the Artists/Images page and click on Conrad  Schwable or Sam Scott.

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Monday, October 6th, 2008


The collotype printing process was invented in the late 19th century- about 1880-1885. It is a photo process using a continuous tone negative and a light sensitized plate. The early plates were made out of glass, but they tend to break in the press. Plexi or aluminum litho plates work very well. The litho plate works the best I feel because it has a tooth on it which helps hold the light sensitive gelatin from being scrubbed off during printing. I have also used limestone and onyx stones as plates. The negative is exposed to the sensitized plate with the appropriate light source for a specific time. Development is done with water in a dark area so as not to over-expose the image. After exposure and development a raised area of gelatin remains on the plate. During the printing process, the gelatin is kept moist by light sponging- like Lithography- or misting. The light areas of the image hold more moisture than the dark areas and so will take less ink. The dark areas are hard and will hold more ink. The oil-based ink is repelled by the light areas which hold more water. Once the plate is fully inked it is run through the press and the gelatin must be re-dampened and inked again. The beauty of the medium lies in the very fine tones created when the gelatin is exposed to the light source. The gelatin tweaks into shapes similar to brain matter giving the fine tones without a half-tone screen which has a mechanical appearance. The process is so beautiful that some photographers print their Fine Art Prints with this medium.

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2008


The Ocean Works chop represents an ocean wave because the studio was located in Newport Beach, Calif. We had a great space between the bay and the ocean. It is the personal chop for Conrad as well as the chop for the shop. It is a Tamarind custom that the senior printers design their own chops for the editions that they print. If they run a print that they didn’t proof then a blind stamp of the chop image is inked on the back of the print with a light colored ink. These chop marks aid in the verification of the print by curators and signify its quality off the press. Some artists and publishers also have chops- why, I don’t know. The chop is an embossing created when a male and female mould are pressed together on the print paper. Most shops have a unique symbol just for the printers.

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