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Happy Inktober!

Every October, Jake Parker hosts the annual INKtober challenge. This will be my first year to take the challenge.  I have participated in similar painting challenges and coloring challenges and what I love about them is it commits you to practicing a skill everyday for a month.  What I have learned every time is how much I learn every time!

To help you out, Jake offers a prompt for each day of the month to get your creative and inky juices flowing.  See the list and more about Jake here.

INKtober rules:

  1. Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).
  2. Post it online
  3. Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2017
  4. Repeat!

The prompt for today: swift.

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Watercolor backgrounds

Sandy Allnock has a great online course that demonstrates multiple techniques for Watercolor Backgrounds.  I wanted to take it a step further and test the techniques on paper other than watercolor paper. (Can you tell which paper is the watercolor paper?) Below are today’s results.

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8 pt. vs. 18 pt.

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Today we got more type cabinet doors cleaned up and was able to put away more type. I made the mistake of putting away a set of 8 pt. type after I had just put away the 18 pt. I went from a 12 mm size letter to a 5 mm size letter and I thought I was losing my eyesight!  I have to admit that I had to turn on ALL the lights so that I could see what the letters were on the 8 pt. type.  Can you imagine 6 pt.?

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Hamilton Type Cabinet

Lisa M. Payne Studio is now a full-time operation and to kick it off we worked on cleaning this wonderful old Hamilton type cabinet to get it ready to hold type again.  The bottom center is what the inside of the drawer looked like before cleaning – years and years of dirt and metal bits. I don’t know if a full restoration is in its future but it is nice to get it back in working order.

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We are Printers!

I am proud to say that Lisa M. Payne Studio officially printed for the first time yesterday!

  1. Inserting the chase into the press
  2. Packing the press (where you will put each paper to be printed)
  3. Inking the press.  Where you put ink on the disc and
  4. move the rollers up and down over the disc to spread out the ink which will insure the rollers are evenly covered when they roll over your type to ink it up.
  5. The very first printing!
  6. Hot off the press!
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Lock and Load!

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After the type has been set, the next step is to lock it in the chase, an open rectangle of steel. You lock it in by strategically surrounding it with furniture (the larger pieces of wood), reglets (the skinnier pieces of wood), and then tightening it up with the quoins. The quoins are those metal pieces above with the hole in the middle.  With a key you insert in the hole, you can expand the quoin to apply the pressure that locks everything in place.

 

 

 

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Setting the type

setting the type

My first letterpress project is a business card.  I set the type in the composing stick using 12pt. and 18 pt. Baskerville font.  This took me a lot longer than expected because as I was setting the email address, I realized that my set of typeface did not have the @ symbol.  I did some research and learned that when letterpress was at its peak, this symbol was used but not so widely that it was included with each typeset.  One had to purchase these symbols separately which is what I had to do before I could finish setting the type. 🙂

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Baskerville font from M&H foundry

@ symbols from the typefoundry of Patrick Reagh