my first letterpress project! 2

It’s done!!

The printing of the wood-block type went much smoother than expected. I was glad to get to do the whole process myself, too: inking the press, printing, cleaning the press (oh my god, it takes forever. In sweaty rubber gloves, too!), mixing ink according to the Pantone book, and then inking, printing, and cleaning again. It’s good practice.

Between typesetting, carving the lino block, and printing, this took me over 12 hours. Since it was the first time for all of that, though, it’ll probably be a lot quicker in the future. And by a lot quicker, I mean maybe a couple hours. It’s a slow process!

It’s way more awesome up close.

Letterpress 2 starts in a couple of weeks, and I’ll be working on project ideas in the meantime!

2 thoughts on “my first letterpress project!

  1. Reply joNo Gravatar Mar 9, 2010 1:05 pm

    i love the impression that the letterpress makes on the paper, and the fact that it makes the final product tactile as well as visual. what kind of paper did you use?

    • Reply jenniNo Gravatar Mar 9, 2010 1:14 pm

      i’m not actually sure what the paper is, just that it’s heavy and works well for letterpress impressions. when i was testing on regular paper, i had to use three sheets to get it to look like that!

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