Monday, June 20, 2011

What I've been up to lately...

About a week ago I picked up my baby -- my lovely new C&P Pilot from Don Black Linecasting. She was so heavy! That night I cleaned her up and began calibrating right when I got home. I had ordered all my supplies from Boxcar Press ahead of time so I'd be ready to print once my press was available for me to pick up. After obsessing over the art for months and thanks to Tanya for showing me the general ropes, I had her up and running in three hours.

I recommend watching some youtube videos on letterpress printing to see how it's done. This video is really interesting (but please don't ever use the press this fast!)

Now for some things I learned that day...

No. 01: Regardless of how excited you are to open everything, do NOT grab the two boards on the top of bottom of the font pack thinking that you can apply enough pressure to carry the whole stack onto the table.

Otherwise you'll spend the next hour and a half doing this:

Serious letterpress enthusiasts are going to bash me for doing this, but since I don't have the room in my tiny apartment for a full font cabinet, I stopped at the dollar store and started arranging my font like this:

No. 02: (no picture) The ARM of the press goes on before the bolt. Send me an e-mail if you want to see what I mean. This literally took me 45 minutes to figure out, being the dummy that I am.

And here she is, beautiful as can be:

I'll try and post more letterpress related posts in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!


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