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Session 3: Making the Plate

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Show examples of polystyrene plates and the resulting prints to describe the process they will follow.

Discuss the fact that everything they indent will remain unlinked, therefore white.

Place the line drawing over the polystyrene. Clip it to the plate so it does not move. Go over the image with a ball point pen so you can indent it into the polystyrene. Lift the drawing to check on the transfer of the lines. Make sure there is enough pressure applied to see a clear line. Remove the drawing and go over the incised lines carefully using a nail or ballpoint. and then with increasing pressure to make them deep enough. Mark any 'black' areas. These will not need to be incised. Work further into the polystyrene to make the marks and shapes strong and clear.

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