Wednesday, February 20, 2008
So I think I've mentioned that the letterpress is somewhat of a pain. A beautiful pain, but still...
1) make darn sure if you're gonna carve a block, it's even and is going to print evenly
2) when you carve your second block, measure what you would like the finished size to be
3) hand set the type and print all 400 cards with text AFTER you print the border
4) it's so much easier to add some spaces to text than to carve a whole new block.
Here is the final product--still not so perfect on the green border. I tried to get even pressure by tightening, adding more packing, more ink, pretty much everything imaginable. I'm a pretty good problem solver, but still, not so even on the ink distribution.
I have such grande plans...and the reality is that I have to work up to good quality work. and PRACTICE. What a novel idea!