I ask you, is anything better than printing text? Is there anything more glorious and exciting? Over the last two days I have been laying down the text of the appendix under the completed imagery. With a single action, an assortment of images becomes an organized thought. When the folio rolls off the press suddenly laden with crisp, black text, this is what happens in my head.
To begin, I mixed my ink. As you may or may not remember, I had some serious trouble with my black ink a few weeks ago. Having done some serious excavation, I have found some useable ink in the center of a stiff mass and so I can move forward with my printing life having learned an important lesson about shipping things in sub-zero temperatures.
The press was already inked in black because I had been printing the last two halftone images earlier in the day, but still I needed to clean the press and remix. Printing images in black and printing text in black require different kinds of black ink. Pantone Black, the mixing black used for images and mixing colors, is relatively loose. Black 10850, type black, is stiffer and tougher. Some printers use it right out of the can, others mix it in with a red or a blue to add depth and richness. I cut it with violet, generally in a rough one to one ratio.
I devoted the following morning to the headings. In my original design, I had pegged the headings as blue (as you might be able to see below: the folded folio on the top is a mockup.) Looking at the finished folios, however, I reconsidered and selected a warmish gray. Mix this, ink that, register that and bing bang boom it was time to print.
UPDATE! Due to overwhelming 4-0 popular demand, the scale is in!