June 27, 2010

Letterpress Printing - FILMS

Let's go back in time and see what commercial printing was like 60 years ago ! These are vocational films going back to 1947 !!!


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May 22, 2010

Kyoto printmaker - Mamoru Ichimura

Take a visit to the studio of printmaker Mamoru Ichimura and watch the printing of four postcard sized images all on one block. Part of "Japanese Journey", a 53 minute film made by Don Fairservice and Mitsue Nagashima during a tour of Japan. Music composed by Jean Hasse.

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May 18, 2010

Ukiyoe-Printing using a Vandercook Press

Printmaker Mark Herschede:

"A brief runthrough of the process I'm using right now to make a bank of images using woodcuts. By using tools which are not normally associated with one another, I've been working towards experimenting with mixing processes. Currently I'm researching the technical aspects of printing water based, japanese style woodblock printing on a vandercook through testing and manipulation of the materials involved."
"It is my hope to be scoffed at by Japanese moku-hanga printers and letterpress typesetting nerds alike. Please! Feel free to insult my experiments! (Or offer constructive criticism ;-) )! Get angry at my usage of a type proving press to print 'cuts'; become enraged at my seemingly smashing attempts at printing lovingly hand-inked blocks!"

For more info on Mark's experiments visit the links below.

Ukiyo-E printing on a Vandercook proofing press- a quick runthrough from Mark Herschede on Vimeo.

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May 10, 2010

Australian master printer Paul Smith - Colloblock technique

Watch the making of "Samoan Skin". Working in the eStudio Editions studio printer Paul Smith with artist Dimitri Lihachov describe the process of making a "colloblock" print.

For more on the "colloblock" technique visit

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April 25, 2010

Keizaburo Matsuzaki printer - the Art of Utamaro

Japanese woodblock printing 3 March 2010

In association with the exhibition Hymn to beauty: the art of Utamaro: printer Keizaburo Matsuzaki of Arakawa-ku, Tokyo creates reproductions of Utamaro's print designs over four days. The master printer has been featured many times on David Bull's website as he is one of David's friend & mentor.


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November 30, 2009

Printing setup and proofing

Here is a short video clip of my setup for printing woodblock prints. The work is being done on the bed of my very old Vandercook Model 01 proofing press...probably built back in the 1940's or 1950's. It may not be clear in the first video clip but for printing the block is prop up on a downward angle against the edge of the press to aid with the printing posture.

Make sure to leave me a comment if you have any questions or if you have some recommendations for improvement.

This next clip shows me proofing the first impression for a background color. (Note wherever I mention the word "ink" I am really referring to color pigments of the watercolor variety).

Proofing continued.....

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March 7, 2009

Block printer extraordinaire !

Now for something a bit different !

Iqbal demonstrates block printing in the Anokhi Museum in Amber, India. Iqbal is astonishingly skillful and well worth watching.
Watch how he uses a simple piece of newspaper to turn 90 degree angles in the design and also the ease of registration when printing multiple colors. Notice how to save effort the pigment tray is 'pushed' along by the printer as he makes his way down the paper.

Here is an additional video on the art of Hand Printing from Geobeats.com

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February 9, 2009

Drive by Press

Here is a group of video clips from two very creative guys. They travel to different campuses and other venues with their portable printing studio located in the back of a car.

Drive by Press portable studio from the back of a car !

The guys at Drive by Press share their 'unique' t-shirt making techniques.

For more info visit their website at http://drivebypress.org/home/about/

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