So in this post I showed that I made a letterpress. It took me a weekend to make the letterpress but Sunday night I was able to do my inaugural print run with it. Here are the basic steps for doing a run:
- Ink the plate.
- Attach the paper.
- Slide in the plate.
- Pump the jack to engage the press and press the paper onto the inked plate.
- Release the press and remove your finished print.
Here is a video of me doing just that:
And now here are some additional pictures.
This is the ink I used: Van Son Rubber Base. It’s the same one we used in my letterpress class.
Here’s the inked up brayer. It may not be very obvious, but I used waaaaay too much ink. Here’s what happens when you use too much ink:
So sad. All sorts of smudgies.
But when you do it correctly, this is what you get:
And finally the complete run (minus the smudged reject):