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The Plates! The Plates!

Just look at ’em! Aren’t they beautiful!? They came through the mail, just like magic. I am new to the UK and I don’t really know where to go for printing plates. Out of extreme laziness/decadence, I went ahead and ordered them from Boxcar Press in Syracuse. That all went swimmingly until I was slammed with (a) the shipping costs, which I was expecting, and (b) the UK Duty charge, which I was not. So, basically, it’s time to find a platemaker in the UK. But NOTHING WILL DAMPEN MY JOY TODAY, The Day of The Plates.

I made a mistake about four years ago, and bought a bunch of translucent paper to use for a book without testing the paper for printing. “Oh, it will be fine” I said to myself. “What could possibly go wrong?” Well I’ll tell you what went wrong. It took a more than a week for the ink to dry, and I had to wait with all the sheets laying out all over the place every time I wanted to add a layer of ink, and I didn’t have a drying rack, and the book was in an edition of a hundred, and I drowned in that paper, I tell you. I drowned in it.

Now I always perform reasonable and practical tests. As soon as I ripped these new and beautiful plates out of their expensive shipping packaging, I popped them on the press to give them a whirl on the Zerkall paper that I’d like to use for the book. I wanted to be sure that the slight tooth of the paper wouldn’t interfere with the halftone pattern of the images I would print on it. Success! Now I can buy a million dollars worth of paper.

To the paper warehouse!

UPDATE: Stupid Easter weekend no paper until Tuesday arrrrghghgh.

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2 comments on “The Plates! The Plates!

  1. Ellen Huntington Slade
    April 6, 2012

    I can imagine your excitement! Everything looks wonderful. Smart to check it all out before ordering paper- we all have stories from our own worlds of products used that didn’t work so well but off we went to the races anyway….

  2. Crimson Owl Creations
    April 6, 2012

    That is so exciting!

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This entry was posted on April 6, 2012 by in Letterpress, Work in progress.
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