11.10.07

Not making a very good impression

Poor old block, it looked so delicate and pretty - this must be the oldest one I have, I think it must be verging on the antique, judging by the script and patina - more like old, hard leather than metal. But although it awoke - a little - for me, this old workhorse is going to be pastured out. In other words, it will have to go on the shelf and be decorative.




The main problem is that the fine lettering has been worn and softened through years of use. There is ancient caked ink between the letters which is impossible to get out without damage and in areas the words have sunk marginally too low to give a decent impression. I tried it on both the proof press and the Adana, but the poor thin
g was having none of it. At first I thought I could get away with an 'aged' finish, but Andy gave my efforts short thrift and after a bit of a sulk I took his point. Not only does it not look great, but I am going to have to invest in some proper (and horribly expensive) printing inks.



At the moment I am mixing oil paints with a medium which gives it a certain tackiness, (as printing ink should be). But it isn't working perfectly and it's being forced out to the edges of the indentations on fine lines like this...





Meanwhile, I'll trim these up and see if I can flog them on Etsy as supplies for collage. I'd like to think the old block had had one last hurrah.


(for letterpress enthusiasts there are more photos on Flickr...go on, you know you want to...)

7 comments:

Joanna said...

Thats a shame about that old block, its pretty hope it gets a new lease of life. I'm very interested in all your letter press things they have such a nice feel about them.

Eric Orchard said...

I love the script, it reminds me of the text in victorian Christmas gift books.

Sue said...

It's a lovely old block, maybe it'll print crisper with 'proper' letterpress ink.
I enjoyed my excursion to FlickR, it certainly made an 'impression'! Ha ha ha! (See, I can do nerdy jokes too. ;-)) )

Lorna said...

Can you show the printing itself as O do not understand the printers?

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Just lovely ! Thanks for the pictures I really enjoyed seeing the type...and I think the Adana in the window looks wonderful there...

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Merisi said...

How would this old block of yours look on gift wrapping? Gold letters on Venetian Red? Or Venetian Red letters on butcher paper?

Connie said...

The script is beautiful. Actually it looks wonderful in the photo. It has such a lovely vintage look just like you have it displayed.

Hugs,
Connie