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The renaissance of printing: Well pressed | The Economist

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The renaissance of printing: Well pressed | The Economist.

Learning Typography Hands-On

Learning Typography Hands-On

Alan Kitching and Monotype on Vimeo

Alan Kitching and Monotype on Vimeo

 

A Birth of a Book – Pointe Shoes on Vimeo

A Birth of a Book – Pointe Shoes on Vimeo on Vimeo

Printing Botanical Torch Structure

This week, I’ve taken a bit of a detour from the Not Just Words series I’ve been involved with over this past month. This botanical print is an opportunity to experiment with mixing woodcut and photopolymer letterpress, and a return to the plant life prints I’ve produced in the past. The interior of the plant is printed with a split fountain of green to yellow, while the exterior, or background, will be printed with a split fountain of red to orange. Two additional plates, or key plates, will add structure to the plant form and texture to the background. Printed on Sekishu paper, I am considering laminating the final print to a heavier European paper, possibly a gray Rives BFK.

Printing the green split fountain on a photopolymer plate

Printing the green split fountain on a photopolymer plate

 

Ink on the slab

Ink on the slab

 

Processing an image on a lithography stone

Processing an image on a lithography stone

Processing an image on a lithography stone

Yesterday I processed this image drawn on a lithographic stone. Shown are the stages from crayon drawing to final application of gum arabic. The image was etched with 100 gum over the image area, and 4 drops of nitric acid to an ounce of gum arabic for the background. The image was rolled up with Senefelder’s Crayon Black Ink. The rollup of the image was smooth and progressively darkened to the levels drawn with the crayons. The image will be proofed and then tested with the CMY photopolymer plates from Not Just Words 5.

Lithography Drawing Process

litho_process2

This drawing on a lithography stone is for the next print in the Not Just Words series. It will be the first print in the series to combine lithography with letterpress. At this point in the drawing I’ve mostly worked with a #5 cobalt litho crayon, and with some #4 crayon. In order to progressively build up to darker values, I’ll work from the harder #5 crayon (lighter value and less greasy) to the medium-soft (darker value and more greasier) #3 crayon. The goal is not to plug up the beautiful grain of the stone while developing the darker values. I am expecting to complete the drawing in one more drawing session.

Continued printing of Not Just Words 5

Printing Not Just Words 5

Printing the first of two K plates

Printing the first of two black plates for Not Just Words 5. The background sky image is separated from the second black image, a portrait, to control the balance of values between the two black plates. The order of printing is cyan, magenta, yellow, and black.

Printing Not Just Words #5

Printing Not Just Words #5

Pulling a cyan proof; the first color for Not Just Words #5

On Sunday I printed the first color for the next two prints my Not Just Words series of letterpress prints. Actually I am reprinting the fourth print as I determined the blue was too dark, and the order of colors required changing. This week I plan to print the next two colors, magenta and yellow, for each print. The first three images of the series can be seen in the portfolio section of this site.

Setting Type By Hand | Letterpress Commons

Setting Type By Hand | Letterpress Commons.

Setting Type

How to use a composing stick

How to use a composing stick

Making Faces: Jim Rimmer Trailer

Making Faces: Jim Rimmer Trailer