Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
Our father’s day was spent with my father-in-law sharing a delicious and dinner with my favorite… blueberry beer. The trip to Maine included 8 different rainbows, tall ships in the harbor and one bald eagle, along with many other adventures, but no pictures, sadly, I left the camera card at home.
This is the simple flat card we created with hand set type (Clam Chowder) and a wooden dollar sign, printed in 110# letra (that’s the good stuff). We used our small, but growing collection of gear. We got new rollers and you can see where the printing is much better and does not have that bright spot in the center. There are still a few kinks that need to be worked through but I am much more excited to experiment when the quality is passable.
The dollar sign on the first go round was salty. That is the letterpress term for what I see as grainy. It was more apparent on the letra because it has a slight texture, where as the smooth paper I was using for set up was a better quality print. I have read that people dampen the paper to combat this. First I tried the steam setting on the iron and that did not do anything, then I wiped with damp sponge and waited just until the water has disappeared to print. It was much better. I have heard of people building humidors for this effect. Maybe on my to do list… when we have a barn.
I couldn’t decide which picture I liked best so i included both. I am experimenting with styling the pictures of the printing samples. Which one do you like?
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