Monday, February 18, 2008
I got the plates today for the Backs of the tarot cards. I ordered letterpress plates in copper from Owosso Graphics in Michigan. They are laser cut in relief. I chose relief because the black lines on the bee bodies would be too thick for intaglio. I was told by a local semi-retired printer that this company was the best for these type of plates as local die makers don't do the older letterpress type of plates.
This is a pretend proof I made by layering a semi-transparent jpg of my design over a scan of the paper I will be using.
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I'll post again in a couple of days after I've pulled a proof. The first proofs will be off in color as Daniel Smith Supplies back ordered the Akua thalo blue, titanium white and carbon black inks. They sent me the red, yellow and the amending mediums only. I had to cancel that back order and call McClain's Printmaking Supply. They'll send them today but it will be three days before they arrive here. I know, I'll pull some oily proofs after I've straightened up & organized my studio deck (not perfectly clean, that would take tooooooo long). I'm so excited to proof these and totally inspired get my space organized so I can do this work. Better get to it now before I lose the momentum!