Care & Handling of Your Solar Plates: 

Removing Inks and Storage of Used Plates.

If the plate is to be reprinted, its important to wash the ink thoroughly from the plate.  You can use Dawn dish detergent and water with the washout brush, even with oil based inks. This is the safest method, however the plate must be post exposed again, after this washout. If it is not, remaining moisture will cause unwanted cracking to occur.  You can also use petroleum solvents in a well vented place.  Do not use alcohol (swelling will occur).   

If the plate is to be stored, coat with a light oil (3-in-1, WD-40, vaseline, mineral or baby oil, etc.) on the front and rear of the plate. 

Store flat, wrapped in plastic.   


Dan Welden is a master printmaker, painter, educator and author. He  has been making prints and works on paper for over 50 years. His work has been shown in over 80 international solo exhibitions in museums and galleries and over 700 group exhibitions in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Peru.  His work is in many  public and private collections throughout the country including the Amity Art Foundation, Darien, CT; Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; Portland Museum of Art, OR; and Temple University, Philadelphia, PA among many others. 

Dan is an innovator at the forefront of the alternative health and safety oriented movement of printmaking, and the originator of a technique called Solarplate. Dan is the Co-Author with Pauline Muir of ‘Printmaking in the Sun’ published by Watson Guptill in 2001, the comprehensive manual of Solarplate methods. Dan also produced an instructional film in 2005 by the same name.

As a teacher, Dan continues to inspire students around the world in workshops where he demonstrates how to make Solarplates and print both intaglio and relief plates. He ran month-long summer workshops for 10 years at Santa Reparata in Florence, Italy.  He is a past president of the Society of American Graphic Artists. He has taught printmaking at several colleges in the New York area including Stony Brook University, Suffolk Community College, Long Island University Southampton, and also taught at Central Connecticut State University. His demonstrations at the New York State Art Teacher’s Association Conferences,Southern Graphics Council and Mid America Print Council Conferences inspire teachers, students and artists to make prints using the safer and greener methods of Solarplate etching without the use of acids or other dangerous chemicals.

As the Director of Hampton Editions, Ltd. in Sag Harbor, Long Island, he has collaborated with artists Robert Dash, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Jimmy Ernst, James Brooks, Dan Flavin, Esteban Vicente, William King, Ibram Lassaw, Kurt Vonnegut, Alfonso Ossorio, Jane Freilicher, David Salle, Eric Fischl, Linda Benglis, Jack Youngerman and many others.