Re: Lino printing at home?
Dave... i know the Scarva press quite well.... and yes it can print some nice work. BUT like all presses it has it's limitations. the Scarva is rather limtied as to the amount of pressure it will put down..... and that's what's happen ing with your prints. You aren't getting enough pressure to make a good image.
You need to work within it's limits. Two things will help greatly:
1. limit the size of your printed images until you get to know the press. Try doing a 4 x 6 image, maybe. A 3x5 will even be better. The smaller the image area, the more lbs per squ inch you can use.
2. print on soft, untextured paper. The harder your paper, the more pressure you need and the tougher it is to get a good impression. I use Canson's Edition, and it prints nicely with such a press. You may also want to dampen the paper before printing. That's an old letterpress trick, and it works wonders.
3. you might want to look into a softer printing block..... like Steadler's rubbery looking material. It prints better with lower pressures.
OK... that's three things, not two. BUT stay with it. You'll soon learn how to use your press to best advantage.
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