Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Letterpress Beginner 101
I'm just a little confused about all of the different ways I could go to create my christmas card. Do I just do a linocut? Or maybe a photopolymer design? I don't have any furniture for the type that I just bought. Can you just make your own furniture with wood? If I do photopolymer with boxcar press, do I still need furniture? What the hell is tympan paper? Oh, so much to learn. I'm not giving up.....NEVER!!!
I'm thinking of ordering a book or two on this subject.
Meanwhile, I decided that the first step is to clean this press! I have learned that there may be some adjustments required. From the looks of some of the screws and the roller springs, no adjustments will be made until cleaning and proper oiling is done. There is a little rust which will inhibit movement. I found some great information on Briar Press site.
Is there a Patron Saint of printers? If there is, please let me know as I will praying to him or her alot! Honestly though, this is such great fun. This weekend, I will be cleaning the press according to information I found on Briar press site. Will keep you posted. Oh, I have to tell you.....I finally figured out what year this little Kesley was made. Duh, it was right on the side as shown in the pic below.