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The Last Layer: New Methods in Digital Printing for Photography, Fine Art, and Mixed Media (Voices That Matter) [Paperback]

Bonny Pierce Lhotka
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15 Mar 2013 Voices That Matter

In The Last Layer–the follow-up to Digital Alchemy, her successful book on alternative printmaking techniques–Bonny Lhotka teaches how to make prints that take their inspiration from early printmaking processes. In this book, Lhotka shows readers step-by-step how to create modern-day versions of anthotypes, cyanotypes, tintypes, and daguerreotypes as well as platinum and carbon prints. She also reinvents the photogravure and Polaroid transfer processes and explores and explains groundbreaking techniques for combining digital images with traditional monotype, collograph, and etching press prints. By applying these classic techniques to modern images, readers will be able to recreate the look of historical printmaking techniques and explore the limits of their creative voice. Best of all, the only equipment required is a desktop inkjet printer that uses pigment inks, and a handful of readily available materials and supplies–not the toxic chemicals once required to perform these very same processes.
Leveraging her training as a traditional painter and printmaker, Bonny Lhotka brings new innovations and inventions that combine the best of centuries of printmaking technique with modern technology to create unique works of art and photography. After years of experimentation and development, these new processes allow alternative photographers, traditional printer makers, and 21st century digital artists to express their creative voice in ways never before possible. 

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (15 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321905407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321905406
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 20.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An inventor and innovator, Bonny Pierce Lhotka is a co-founder of the digital artist collaborative, Digital Atelier, whose members research and develop techniques to leverage digital imaging in fine art application. Lhotka organized “Digital Atelier: A printmaking studio for the 21st century” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum where she was an Artist-in-Residence for three weeks. She is a recipient of the Smithsonian/Computerworld Technology in the Arts Award and is the producer of educational DVDs from Digital Art Studio Seminars. Lhotka is the author of Digital Alchemy: Printmaking techniques for fine art, photography, and mixed media.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful techniques clearly explained 12 May 2013
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I'm finding this book very useful (I teach image transfer techniques at an art college). Some new methods clearly explained.
I think the cover does not do it justice as the image is a bit gimmicky and could put some people off. However inside is full of great new techniques and I've referred to it a lot since buying.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Primarily for USA market 5 Feb 2014
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Geared toward American readers, not much use in uk as I can't get some of the materials necessary for projects described
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Digital Pairing of Photography and Printmaking and more 2 April 2013
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I started my art education with books and workshops, without a formal art school curriculum. I was drawn to mixed-collages that combined digital scans with image transfers and Polaroid emulsion lifts. Along the way, I learned about the three fearless artists of the Digital Atelier: Dorothy Simpson Krause, Bonny Lhotka, and Karin Schminke. Their work was, and continues to be visionary and inspiring. But I was always left with the feeling of envy at the large scale of their work, the immense resources they had access to, and their drive to keep innovating and trying different ways to express themselves. I began to teach image transfer workshops, incorporating some of the simpler techniques now so common, and so inspired by the Digital Atelier artists who continued to lead the digital pack. Then Bonny Lhotka detoured slightly to develop a series of workshop DVD's, transfer films and sauces, and a couple of extraordinary books that shared her techniques. Such a generous and inspiring teacher! She is now the best art teacher I could ever dream of and this, her 2nd book, is my new bible. It was a natural progression for me from mixed-media collage that combined photographs and digitally scanned layers, to the time-honored art practice of intaglio printmaking. I am so happy to see Bonny covering a favorite technique of mine: photopolymer etchings with Solarplates. But wait - there's more: aged metal plates, modern versions of alternative photography, and transfers onto creative substrates. Her techniques and processes are truly unique, and I know because I have an extensive library of books on printmaking and alternative photography, including all of Bonny's DVDs. Now if only Bonny would expand the all-too-brief 10-page chapter, Finding a Voice, into a 3rd book in her series, then all would be well with my world.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend looking closely at the table of contents/processes covered 26 Nov 2013
By mark c fetzer - Published on
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I would recommend looking closely at the table of contents/processes covered before investing- Ms Llotka's previous book Digital Alchemy for me has a lot of depth - and is a wonderful compendium of Digital Printing/Transfer Methodology.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good information if you can use it. 28 Sep 2013
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I became very interested in reproducing my digital artwork on different substrates from paper and gave up the expensive idea of using heat and dye sublimation transfers. I previously paid for this work to be done by production companies, but can't afford to keep doing it. I was first attracted to the heat transfer method used to put digital media on metal since it can be very dramatic. I was not able to create anything acceptable using the emulsion (SuperSauce) and the inkjet printable film available from Ms Lhotka's DASS store. The transfer never came onto the substrate in one piece and I had to paint to fill in the gaps, resulting in something not professional enough for art shows, although I used all of the materials specified and read both books and watched the videos numerous times.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and great service! 7 Jun 2013
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This is my fourth tutorial book in mixed media, and I was pleased to learn new tricks and products. Scary cover art did not deter me. Thanks for the fast shipping and careful packaging!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book ! 4 April 2013
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If you have an interest in alternative photography practices and wish to make it more modern then this is a book for you. This along with the book Digital Alchemy are a dynamic pair.
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