Sunday, October 7, 2007

First impressions

These two photos show the best I could muster today. Having issues trying to calibrate the impression knobs behind the forme to get it even. But for the life of me, I can't make sense of it. It's not obvious what I should be adjusting when the impression's deeper on one side than the other. Deep on one side, so adjust the corresponding knob? Wrong. It's been trial and error, and when I get it right, I have to start all over again for a new form. Shouldn't it be a once-in-a-while thing, not for each new forme? Confused. It really is the sort of thing you need to see someone else do right first.

Oh, the blue paper is a sheet that I made a couple of weeks ago. Would be nice to be able to print on my own handmade paper.

The rest of my day has been spent sorting type into cases, so at least now I have Gill Sans all organised.

I've also been trying to source an Australian company that can create my plates for me. My aim is to print my wedding invites from plates, but time's running out. They really should be in the post within 4 weeks from now...


Megan said...

Just wanted to write you some encouragement...keep trying; you are doing great!
I know how frustrating it is at first and you will always be doing trial and error. I found that on my press I have to leave it exactly as it is once I get the perfect, even impression at the depth I want. Then, I add thick, soft paper as my packing when I want a deep impression, and thin/barely any paper for a less deep impression. And I try to always use the same thick cotton paper for all my projects to eliminate having to constantly adjust (but that's only because I LOVE the paper I use...Crane's Lettra letterpress paper). Good luck; we're cheering for you!

Ampersand Duck said...

Yay, you're doing so well for only a week or two!

Girlprinter in Melbourne has plates made for her there; if you can't find an email for her, drop me a line and I'll find one for you.