Re: Paper dampening advice.
The best information on dampening paper can probably be found in the
books by Richard-Gabriel Rummonds, Printing on the
Iron Handpress (which is in print and available from Oak Knoll), and
Lewis Allen, Printing with the Handpress, which you can pick up online
used. There are also a couple of fugitive articles by William Everson
that deal with the theory of it. I follow the Allen method with a lot
of the Everson infused into it. The damp boxes described in the Allen
book are quite essential I've found (I've got six of em!!!). Rummonds
and others have recommended plastic garbage bags for containing the
heap (which likely work well) but the boxes actually provide a great
deal of control over the hydration process.
The Indian paper should respond well to dampening but I would not
spritz it. That is not the most effective way. But then, neither is
printing 10-pt type from magnesium plates. Here we go!!!!
The most important thing would seem to keep the heap turning at
regular intervals and to allow at least 12 to 24 hours for the sheets
to properly hydrate. After which slow weighting will help to keep the
paper from buckling (also post-printing). The thing is you have to let
the paper adapt to its new environment (and that takes a bit of time).
Even after it is put in a damp box it needs to adjust a bit; one can
even maintain an extended hydration sequence with proper adjustment of
the dampened sponge material in the box.
Too much information, not enough? I've been printing damp for about 25
years now, and rarely have any problems. But there are certain ways it
does need to be done (to avoid problems).
Better to under dampen than over dampen by the way,
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "dannyamosflynn"
>onto some quite
> I am about to attempt printing some 10pt type from a magnesium plate
> hard Indian Kahdi hand made card. I have never tried dampening thecard before and
> wondered what is the best way to do it. With a sponge? A spray?Does one leave it for a
> length of time? Does it help?a stack of twine
> I have already had a dream of apprehension in which the card became
> twisted doormats.
> Danny Flynn