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Posted by Dave at  12:11 AM, December 22, 2017 [Permalink]

Video alert! This is _soooooo_ late … it’s the announcement video for next year’s subscription series! This is going to be a lighter and simpler series than we did this year; please watch the intro video, and I hope you will then consider joining us for 2018!

Information page is here.

 

Discussion

 

Added by: Karsten on December 24, 2017 8:39 AM

In the last part of the video, you show the unique process for the text printing - what is happening there?

I assume it's kept off the normal blocks partly to allow for "translated" versions. Is it not worth carving on a block, or would it be hard to cleanly carve latin letters, or to print them evenly?
Is it printing from metal type letters, or something else?



Added by: Dave on December 24, 2017 10:03 AM

Yes indeed - we've kept these separate so that we can do different languages.

As for the plate, it's a 'polymer plate', of the type commonly used for offset printing these days. We could have perhaps carved the lettering, but given the price point of the series this year, we need to keep the amount of hand labour under control ...



Added by: Marc Kahn on December 25, 2017 12:46 PM

Also, it looked like you were applying the pigment with a roller or brayer. That implies that you are using an oil-based ink for the text instead of traditional woodblock pigment.

Isn't that sort of what Hasegawa did on most of his books where he didn't use a carved font?



Added by: Dave on December 25, 2017 4:45 PM

Also, it looked like you were applying the pigment with a roller or brayer.That implies that you are using an oil-based ink for the text instead oftraditional woodblock pigment.

Yes, it was standard oil-based printer’s ink, going onto a polymer plate, with a brayer.

I could have carved the text on a block, and then printed in the normal way, but at the price point we have here ...

Isn't that sort of what Hasegawa did on most of his books where he didn't use a carved font?

Yes, I think so. The Favourite Flowers seems to have been printed with metal type (no polymer plates back then) and a normal printing process. The unknown question for me is which they did first, the woodblock images, or the text …



 

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