Last night I finished the letterpress printing for my project. It feels great to have that part completed.
Today I'm working on the label for my box. I am printing on Gampi Silk tissue then mounting that to black etching paper. I am happy with the effect so far. Next week I will start attaching them to the clamshell boxes. Getting close...
This image shows the paper I initially chose to line my box. I really like the paper but I am not sure it is right for the project. The search continues...
Sometimes you open a fresh box of plates and find that this has happened. I trim them down to a smaller size anyway so there is no harm done. I had a lot of problems with my plate making this Summer which I seemed to have resolved - thank goodness! Onward...
For the past several years we have had the good fortune to be on stage guests at the Prairie Home Companion State Fair show. This was the final year. Garrison Keillor is retiring form this part of his career. Many Thanks!
For those that don't know, which until recently I was in the dark about, leading is spacing material used in Letterpress printing. Day by day I am becoming more comfortable using the Vandercook presses.
I normally ignore measurements under an eighth of an inch. They never seemed important enough to bother with. Making boxes has forced me to reckon with these tiny measurements - two sixteenths, five sixteenths, twelve sixteenths... shhhhh, I'm counting.
There are plenty of ways to distract myself in the printshop. When I need a break, I poke around the various curiosities. This is cheesecloth used for Lithography, which I tried once, and then promptly ushered myself back to my side of the studio.
I'm not going to tell you what this is. I will tell you that it is an artifact from something I made. That's it, I'm saying no more.
Really, really needed to do something unrelated to my MCBA project this weekend. I spent a day making monotypes. No expectations, just moving ink around in whatever way my hands saw fit. I also printed very large, at least for me. I feel ready now to carry on.