Letterpress is a fun technique because it creates a beautiful emboss and printing is a such quick process. There are still some cons. There's no such thing as an easy care-free printing technique. Making the photopolymer plate can be tricky. It is a tedious fickle thing. Exposing is easy, you just got to expose it for four and a half minutes. A perfect time. After the plate is exposed, wash the plate in luke warm water. Oh and that water better be luke warm, like 72 degrees on point. And you wash in a figure eight motion for ten minutes. Ten very long tedious minutes. Any longer and you've ruined the plate. If you're lucky and all went well, the plate just needs to cure in the sun for a day. Easy, huh?
Then you print. But I'll share that process with you in the next post. I have to break it up. It'd be too much to handle for one read. So normally you're just start printing once your plate has solidified, but I decided to get a little crazy.
If you know me, you'd know I'm one to make my life difficult. You would also know that I love chine colle. I love it! So I decided to make my life crazy difficult by doing chine colle on a letterpress print. Has it been done before? I don't know. My professor was stressing that it wouldn't work. Oh, but I figured it out. I would never never give up on my dear chine colle. But first, I had to prep. I mixed my own colors and printed them on Japanese paper. That's what you gotta do when you need specific colored paper.
So that's part one. Or two parts in one. Stay tuned for the final phase. You're gonna want to the finished piece!