Some proofs of plates

by maggie

it took a while to sort out the pressure on the letterpress – the hazard of working with squashy materials. I used red for most of the proofs, because black is boring and the blue ink gets everywhere.

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It’s only after I printed all these that I realised that the stars completely coverthe dolphin’s heads. Blast. Lots more to do no doubt

I’ll have another go at straighting these up when I aquire an image of the HEMA flrs.

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red cornflrs anyone?

there are just enough images of the process to document it, most got turned into finished images if a little wonky.

First I printed all the separate blocks onto paper to see how they looked. Then I offset* print ed the flowers and the vase/leaves onto another piece of  foam which I would cut into to make the shadows. *offset I printed onto paper first, then onto the foam, so that it would be the same way around as the block.

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Vse/leaves and blue flrs. I’ve cut into the centre of the flrs. Not sure of the neat blue. Yellow is 10Y:1B. Not sure what to think about leaves showing though flrs either.

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Ink for shadow 1Blue:1Violet, printed over orignal proof of flrs. still working on my compliacted registration system, haven’t worked out that transparent plates are see through! Used knife to cut foam shadow.

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More terrible regestration. More shadow over orignal proof. How do colours work? not

It takes about a week for the ink to dry on the paper between printings. I started off with six nice sheets of paper which I printed up with the shadow. In the following week and a half, I lost one sheet and printed up the other two blocks. I mixed up a new green using the blue/violet ink and lots of yellow. For the flowers themselves I used the original blue with some white mixed in.

MER

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