Last night I went to my second class of woodblock letterpress printing at the Dawson Printshop. The first project is a simple greeting card and last night I was able to print the first colour on mine. We were using a Vandercook Universal 1 proof press.
Definitely a big part of the fun is looking through the drawers of type, selecting fonts and designing the layout and all that. So, here is the wooden type that I picked out and arranged, set on the bed of the printer and ready to go. ("Bed"? Is that the right word? Still not overly confident with the lingo!) I do like how the extra wooden blocks for spacing are called furniture. (So maybe it is a bed.)
I was the first one to start printing so Niko was using my session as a demo for the class so she is here helping me get started.
In the end, I have the first colour down on the cards. Here are a couple of the test prints -
Another member of the class was taking lots of pictures for me, thanks Radhika!