Re: Wet run vs/ Dry run.
Most handmades and heavier mouldmades do require dampening or they
will print grayish. I will print dry as often as I am able but for the
most part I do dampen the paper.
Dampen is the keyword here, not wet. Properly dampened paper actually
allows for better travel of the ink into the fibers. Too damp, and it
rejects the ink.
The print quality with dampened paper is quite superb, less ink is
required, there is less wear to the printing surface, etc. But it does
slow down the printing process considerably.
If you click on Messages here and do a search you will find much more
information on this as it has been discussed at length. The book
Printing with the Handpress (available through Abe.com) discusses the
process fairly well.
Printing on a Vandercook is more akin to printmaking than printing on
a press such as a Heidelberg or C&P. And many of the practices of
printmaking are rightly followed in this regard.
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>have only done dry runs on
> I am an amature letterpresser and has a question about process. I
> the press, however I recently heard that some people wet their paper(like printmaking)
> before running it. is this common? If so, what is the difference inprint quality and how does
> the oil ink adhere to the wet paper?