Moon and Forest
linoleum block print
Image size: 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in.)
Final trimmed paper size: 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 in.)
Last night we were viewing that once every 18 years supersize full moon through the fir trees in my yard (it was a bit obscured by clouds so didn't really see much of it here). Somehow it reminded me of this image and planted the idea to try printing again now that I have better inks and a press.
This print used my 3 hole punch registration board system and was printed using the slight pressure from the top roller of my printing press. I set a piece of 6 mm (1/4 in.) tagboard over the printing paper and ran it under the roller once the proper pressure had been set with the turnable pressure gauge handles. I did a test print on newsprint first to make sure the blocks lined up on the registration board.
This is also the very first time I have printed onto Awagami Bamboo paper. It is recommended for letterpress and relief printing so decided to see how it handled. I quite like the end result and although it is a stiff 250 gsm paper it performs well when using a press for printing.
Don't think I would want to hand burnish onto this as it is fairly weighty and stiff in nature and needs a bit more pressure to give a good solid and even transfer of ink.
To achieve this I applied a very light mist of water before setting the paper on to the inked block.
It will take a few days to dry but have the few I printed hanging on a line in a warm and dry basement.