The following images will give you a visual idea as to how letterpress printing is done on a flat bed proofing press. This press is a Vandercook 20 Rigid Bed Roller Series Proofing Press. I print at the Baird Center in South Orange, NJ. I print on Stonehenge paper. When I have finished printing, I pull lots of proofs on scraps of newsprint, with out inking up the plates. This is a great way to get the excess ink off the plates. The plates are then cleaned with cooking oil. I leave a thin coat of oil on the plates and then store them in air tight zip lock plastic bags. The ink is scraped off the inking plates using a palate knife, I then clean evrything with cooking oil, using paper towels to wipe away the ink. BeastlyBeastie cards and prints can be found on my Etsy site. Thanks for looking.
Vandercook 20 Rigid Bed Roller Series Proofing Press
the rollers have been inked
ink is on the second inking plate waiting to be rolled and spread. This press as an inking plate at each end
locking in the magnesium plate and checking for position
locking in the two plates and checking for position
magnesium plates mounted on wood are locked in to position using furniture
using a print out of the image to check that the positioning is good
a piece of newsprint the same size as the paper to be printed on is placed in position on the plates and the drum is rolled across until it grabs the paper
tape is placed on the drum to mark where the paper should sit
the plate is not inking up evenly. Small pieces of paper are put under the plate to raise the areas that are not inking
a proof is pulled on the newsprint. Any needed adjustments are made before printing on the good paper
a mock up I made from proofs to help with positioning
masking tape is used to mark the four corners where the paper should sit
a proof on newsprint. I have folded it to double check that my positioning of the logo is good
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I spent Thursday of this week at the Baird Center in South Orange printing greetings cards for my Etsy store on this great Vandercook 20 Rigid Bed Roller Series Proofing Press. I use a magnesium plate mounted on wood, rubber base plus ink and print on Stonehenge paper. I love this ink as it has no smell and can easily be cleaned up with cooking oil. No nasty fumes! The print on the drum is “masegba.” I will post some more pics soon, to show the process in more depth. Happy Valentine’s day!
Vandercook 20 Rigid Bed Roller Series Proofing Press.
masegba being printed
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