After a long break I am back on the press this week. Having a forcible separation from the printing of this book has done me (and it) some good. When I returned to the studio I came to the reluctant conclusion that the hurried colorful page that I had been printing just before I left must be abandoned. Remember this?:
Well it is NOT GOING IN THE BOOK. I was so desperate to finish the printing of the book before I had to get on a plane all those weeks ago that I rushed this page and have never really been happy with it since. I was nine runs deep when it was time to go, and I hadn’t allowed any time to step back and have a look at it. Now that I can see it clearly, I know it doesn’t fit. So I have set this folio aside. I may continue to work on it and include it in the suite of prints that accompany the book, but it won’t make it into the book itself. Instead I have started fresh.
A combination of pressure printing and traditional printing led to this. In the photo below, you can see the pressure printing in progress for the next run, a yellow rectangle. I promise to do a post one day just about pressure printing, which is the greatest. Pressure printing allows you to do some whackadoo things. The simplest explanation is this: When printing traditionally, the amount of paper wrapped around the cylinder determines the impression, or how hard you hit the piece paper you are printing on against the printing surface in the bed of the press. See here for more information about normal printing.
When you are pressure printing, you take out some of that paper so that not much of anything will print anywhere, and then you add some paper onto the cylinder in specific places. The only places that will print now will be the areas that are pinched between the paper that you added (the white rectangle of stiff cardstock below) and the inked surface in the bed of the press (the big yellow shape.) So below I am printing a yellow rectangle.
That was hard to see, so here it is with some raking light, sitting next to the folio that will immediately precede it in the book:
No. No they weren’t.
Well, they had to be reprinted anyway.
Now I am going camping, even though it is raining. Over and out.