Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tip #8

A new tip (finally)!

When printing a project for which you need to mix a specific color, try hand inking to do test prints before inking up the press rollers. Brayers are on the little shelf just at the end of the Universal's bed. Try to get the ink on the brayer to be in as thin a layer as possible to get results closest to what it would look like on the press. Since the boldness of your color depends mostly on the amount of ink you're using, this method won't necessarily help with that, but it will help you avoid "Oh shoot, this green looks too yellowish.... Now I gotta clean up and start all over again!"

(Photo is of Kathryn Hoeppel hand inking for a test print of her business cards printed on watercolored paper.)

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