Letterpress Yield

Letterpress printing in Cleveland at Zygote Press was a learning experience. Cathie Bleck, fellow artist and pal, gave me a crash course and hand cranking the Vandercook No. 3 Proofing Press we went.

Working well in advanced, I submitted four drawings to Boxcar Press in New York for type high polymer plates backed on plastic. The results were great, as the plates provide a sharp and deep impression.

My approach to printing was to capture a blind emboss on the paper without ink. Next, loading the press with ink, print 5 to 10 clean letterpress prints.

The last step was to paint with dyes on the moistened paper and then print on top of it. The results were random, light to heavy with color, and graphically interesting, as each print was a one-of-a-kind impression.

The images detailed above are sneak peeks of the four prints that will be released over the next months in preparation of “Plug Me,” my first solo display of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. Save the date for April 15 at Subtext in San Diego, California. Check out previous entries—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

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