It is no small joy to be back working with the Albion Printing press. A Victorian piece of cast iron engineering requiring only man power to break into action. As seems so often the case with engines built in this era, the decorative features of what is essentially an industrial piece of equipment only serves to heighten the romance.
The resulting prints are so much more vibrant than any I am able to produce burnishing, which probably is more testament to my lack of patience than anything.
Here is a hand-burnished print next to one produced on the Albion.
I notice the first has a more vibrant blue, so might print off some more using this ink instead. I use oil-based relief printing inks in the workshop but have water-based ones at home, mainly due to cost.
So, what was run off this week?
I caught up on finishing off for some illustration work as part of a poetry roadshow starting April (2016). Fault Line, a selected works by Paul Mortimer, published by Lapwing will be showing some of my work.
Not all the above images are prints, some use water colour, pastels and India inks.
I may reverse colours on that first print.
Had a play with a reduction lino cut print
(Only had time to do a couple of these so will get to a better registration next week – hopefully)!