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Test print - Bottles Wood Engraving

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Thu 2nd Apr 2020
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This is my first print that combines wood engravings and letterpress type, and which includes multiple wood engraved blocks - 1 block for the 2 smallest bottles, and 1 block for each of the larger bottles - but there things I would like to improve on it. Each block is made type high, so it fits the text, but needs more time to print it than I have at the moment.

Print

Test print - Bottles Wood Engraving
Test print - Bottles Wood Engraving

Size 8cm x 5.5cm; Engraved on Holly;
TODO: Print needs better make ready to print consistently; some edges are not as well made as I'd like.

Print

Test print - Bottles Wood Engraving
Test print - Bottles Wood Engraving

Size 8cm x 5.5cm; Engraved on Holly;
TODO: Print needs better make ready to print consistently; some edges are not as well made as I'd like.

Inspiration

Having created some prints with texture, I wanted to explore a multiple block print with different textures, combined with letterpress, and a set of bottles fitted some Holly wood boards I had that I could make end grain engraving blocks from.

Inspiration

Having created some prints with texture, I wanted to explore a multiple block print with different textures, combined with letterpress, and a set of bottles fitted some Holly wood boards I had that I could make end grain engraving blocks from.

Printing

I tried some Hawthorn Letterpress Extra Dense Black ink here, I need to experiment more with make ready and a thicker blanket to get the print more even - currently the bed and top plate of my press aren't absolutely flat, and this makes creating prints like this harder just now. It doesn't print so well on my paper either - I need to try some other papers, and perhaps damping the paper a little (which I don't generally like to do). Oh that I had a few hours free where I could experiment with the variables, changing one at a time to see which makes the print more consistent.

Printing

I tried some Hawthorn Letterpress Extra Dense Black ink here, I need to experiment more with make ready and a thicker blanket to get the print more even - currently the bed and top plate of my press aren't absolutely flat, and this makes creating prints like this harder just now. It doesn't print so well on my paper either - I need to try some other papers, and perhaps damping the paper a little (which I don't generally like to do). Oh that I had a few hours free where I could experiment with the variables, changing one at a time to see which makes the print more consistent.

Todo

Print needs better make ready to print consistently; some edges are not as well made as I'd like.

Todo

Print needs better make ready to print consistently; some edges are not as well made as I'd like.

Adjusting the Print

Adjusting the blocks
Adjusting the blocks, holding the whole lot in my home made block clamp

The blocks needed some adjustment after a first print, but I didn't want to disassemble the whole lot, so I mounted the blocks and type in my home made block clamp and adjusted the blocks. I have written about my block clamp in my blog.

Adjusting the Print

Adjusting the blocks
Adjusting the blocks, holding the whole lot in my home made block clamp

The blocks needed some adjustment after a first print, but I didn't want to disassemble the whole lot, so I mounted the blocks and type in my home made block clamp and adjusted the blocks. I have written about my block clamp in my blog.

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