My plates went first and there were logistics that had to be worked out after mine and another set of plates were printed unevenly. After that, they rotated the direction of plates in relation to the steamroller drum which yielded better results. So, they very generously offered to print my plates again at the end of the session so that my 2nd print would benefit from the kinks having been worked out after the first printings.
Below is a step-by-step photo sequence that explains how the printing was done:
|Here are some of the blocks waiting to be printed.|
|Inking up the plates with a huge roller.|
|Cutting the vinyl blanket to size before it's put over the underboard.|
|These are my 3 inked plates (triptych) side-by-side |
on top of the vinyl blanket and the underboard.
|Laying the proofing paper over the plates.|
|The top blanket layer goes over the paper.|
|The top MDF board covers the layers of |
blankets, plate and paper.
|Sweeping the dust and dirt from the roller drum.|
|Driving over the boards to print the plate sandwiched|
between top and bottom boards, blankets.
|Pulling the proof after printing.|
|Head Trap, Woodcut, 96" x 48" (8' x 4')|
The second print had better ink coverage. Some areas were over-inked but overall it was pretty cool having a print this size.