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 PRINTING PROCESSES - THE LETTERPRESS (1)

V. Ryan 2002 - 2016

 

One of the most basic ways of printing with ink or paint is through the use of a 'letterpress'. If the shape to be printed is very simple it is possible to make the letterpress quite easily in a school workshop.

   
   
 
   

Using a letterpress is sometimes called relief printing. In simple terms the letter or shape to be printed stands above the surface. Ink or paint is then rolled across the shape/letter and paper is then pressed down onto it. When the paper is lifted up the ink/paint has been transferred to the paper. This process can be repeated any number of times.

 

 
   

 

 

 
Describe the simple process of using a letterpress - with notes and diagrams.

 

   

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