Six (6) passes through the press for this one. (only the best for my boy!)
Printed on Somerset Waterford 100% cotton rag.
Fed through black lazer printer to print text.
lets call it 'Hybrid Letterpress' My b&w lazer printer is a very inexpensive model ($99 from Australia Post) so my thinking is that most people would be able to imprint onto these. I haven't tested on an ink jet yet.
Of course there is the option of hand writing onto these with a felt tip pen my handwriting is terrible so i didn't bother.
Registration was challenging. Perhaps I will consider this when designing anything again. Things in lines with polymer plates prove to be slightly more time consuming. Although 6 passes may have had something to do with it...
Ill definitely re-print these but use only 2 or 3 colours to make them more economical.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
- There are no short cuts in letterpress. Possibly more efficient, and logical ways of doing things but no fast shortcuts.
Which leads me to my second point:
- Adding white to a colour to lighten it up ON the ink disk, is not quicker than cleaning the old colour off, mixing a new colour and re inking the disk- and its less accurate.
- Making 6 passes through the press is just silly (pics to come)
- A design that requires 6 lines of images to all be straight and even is again a bit silly. You have to be super accurate and this takes time (see point # 1) Much easier to design with images that can be a tiny bit out without spoiling the design.
- Trying to save a wrongly inserted piece of paper and trying to stop the platen from closing with your hands is ineffective. Better to loose one print than a finger. (No fingers lost but a knuckle bruised!) Der!
- Still..I'm pretty happy with the end result. Invitations to Leo's 4th birthday. He is worth the full days work plus injury. Wonder if I can claim compo...