Re: Paper sizing & problem solving
There is some discussion regarding paper dampening and damp boxes in
the Archives. Back in March and April, and a bit on it later in November
and December, of last year.
Rives responds well to dampening and I doubt you will have a problem
because of the silkscreening, but I would do a test first.
In the Lewis Allen book _Printing with the Handpress_, Allen discusses
his technique and the use of damp boxes. He also provides several
graphics and instructions on how to construct these yourself. I've got
half-dozen of them and find them invaluable for controlling the
hydration of paper. Gabriel Rummonds also discusses dampening in his
book _Printing with the Iron Handpress_, which is still in print. From
what I recall though, Gabriel used plastic bags rather than damp boxes.
There were at least three editions of the Allen book and one or
another often shows up with a search at abe.com.
> My question involves paper sizing. I would prefer to use a soft
> paper like Rives, and I'm wondering the best way to dampen the paper*after*
> it's been silkscreened so I can get a nice impression on the press.Obviously I
> could use a non-water based silkscreen ink and soak the prints likeusual, but
> it would be nice to avoid that hassle.think
> I've read several references to "damp boxes" around these parts, and
> this might be the best way to prep the prints for letterpress andnot harm the
> silkscreen artwork. Just what's involved with one, and how do they work?feel like
> Any suggestions or dire warnings? With every question or problem I
> i'm digging a deeper hole for myself! What fun it will be to try andclimb
> Jim Harrison
> Gainesville, FL