Sunday, April 10, 2011

Inking Ampersands

For my birthday, my son and daughter-in-law gave me some metal and wood letterpress ampersands to add to my collection.  A few weeks later the head pressman at work [Ron] was cleaning out the area where we store leftover ink used on past printings.  I asked if I could have one of the containers in order to ink up my collection, and Ron’s eyes lit up when he saw the ampersands.
A little ink goes a long way. You can see some of the test prints I made of each individual ampersand.
I arranged the ampersands in a ‘cloud’ for printing, inked them up, then used a brayer  to get smooth impression.
Holding the group as I inked up.

Pantone 659; a pretty sweet color.

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