Printing was the third step in the life of our handmade paper. In a previous blog I covered the paper making process. After our sheets of paper were dry, they were coated with a gelatin-based "size", which allows the sheets to accept ink without absorbing any moisture too quickly.
The first-year students, with Professor Judy Walsh, went to the Western New York Book Arts Center (WNYBAC) to get a crash-course in letterpress printing. Here, we printed a quote on approximately 40 of our lovely handmade sheets. The placement and design of the text was up to us. We scavenged through dozens of drawers at the WNYBAC print studio to find the perfect font and font size for our quote. Next, we arranged the tiny, and sometimes not so tiny, letters onto a jig. The final design decision was what color ink to use. With the aid of studio director and letterpress-pro, Chris Fritton, we were off and printing!