- Nov 27, 2002--- In PPLetterpress@y..., <knharper@f...> wrote:
> Gerald: Your question about ink spread and dampening the paper was agood one.
> I had experienced some difficulty with this a few months ago, and itkinda put me off
> of the dampening process. I have also read many methods of paperdampening,
> some of which resemble voo-doo. I know a few printers who neverprint dry,
> however, and their work is quite nice. Is dampening the papersomething that one
> always wants to do, or is it a technique that is good at some timesand not at
> Katie Harper
I tend to dampen most of the time but I am usually printing on
handmades or mouldmades. The process makes the paper much more
receptive to the ink.
I won't dampen commercial grade papers because of the severity of the
grain direction, but then, I rarely use domestic grades. Occasionally
I will run a job with Mohawk Letterpress or Curtiss Flannel(sp?) but I
think both of these are long discontinued (I'm well-stocked!!!).
Some text weight mouldmades such as the Zerkal(sp?) line (Frankfurt
White & Cream, Nideggen, etc) don't necessarily need to be dampened.
I follow the Allen technique/Everson rationale and I rarely have any
problems that would be attributed to the dampening process.
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