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Printing on the press

Printing on the press

The inked up piece of lino is then placed on a registration jig and a piece of paper in laid on top of it. All of this is then covered with a piece of perspex and then a couple of felt blankets. I then slide it under a hydraulic platten press and apply large amounts of pressure with the attached hand pump. 

The jig is then removed from the press, the print is peeled off the block and laid down to dry on a drying rack.

If I am doing a 10 layer print with an edition of 25, I will have to use the press a minimum of 250 times. Thankfully the ink of each layer needs to dry for a couple of days, thus spreading out the labour significantly.