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Digital Alchemy: Printmaking techniques for fine art, photography, and mixed media by Bonny Pierce Lhotka

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18. Direct Printing onto Metal

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Artists seek to express primal energies in their work, much like ancient alchemists exploring the fundamental building blocks of nature. Metal has a warmth and glow that makes it an ideal medium for artistic expression, yet the same properties that make it attractive also make it difficult to use—especially when leveraging modern digital printing techniques. With a few simple steps however, you can prepare the surface to receive images far more complex and artistically interesting than traditional techniques allow.

Although the techniques in this direct print onto metal process can be used on a variety of types ...

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