This is a fun way to get more out of your photo printmaking. The photopolymer printmaking plate in this photo is solar plate.
Step 1: After Exposure!
This is how the solar plate plate looked like after it was exposed.
Step 2: Wiping the Plate
Wiping etching ink into the plate surface.
Step 3: Wiping the Plate Edges.
Make sure the edges are clean.
Step 4: Reuse That Solar Plate!
In order to effectively "cancel" the plate I trim the image into special shapes and save them. Whenever I need another layer in a piece I have a selection of random shapes with photo imagery to choose from. They can be quickly inked up and run through the the etching press .
Good luck, and Happy Printmaking