Have fallen in love with a new (to me) process. It’s a gloriously low-tech, immediate sort of method. All you really need is some fountain solution (32oz cold water, 1/2 tsp citric acid crystals, 1 tbsp gum arabic), ink, a Sharpie, a pronto plate, brayer, sponge, some paper, and a press. I mean, seriously. You can draw right on your plate with a sharpie or Bic Cristal ballpoint pens. (Beware if you use the fine point sharpie. I learned the hard way that it starts to break down after about 5 prints.) Luckily, I can scan a good print & laser or photocopy directly onto the plate again. HA.
Super Black India Ink (with carbon black pigment) works really well, as does toner&alcohol. You can use other things, but these are my favorite alternatives to pens (so far).
Since the plates are translucent, you can register easily. Wet to wet or wet to dry.
The best part is that I can get results similar to serigraph stencils without messing around with photo emulsion (of course it takes a lot longer to produce an edition). Pretty much any paper works for this process.
Below is a wet plate stuck to the table with water (so it doesn’t shift around while I’m wiping & rolling ink). Here you can see how the turquoise ink sticks to my red ballpoint pen. It looks pretty cool just that way.
Printed at Tiger Lily Press in Cincinnati, OH.