The proofing process shall involve taking a number of prints from each linocut in order to bring to light any defects present on areas of the lino that have been damaged or require extra clearing. This process will enlighten me on the amount of make-ready needed to establish a bold print, also other aspects including levels of inking etc will come to my attention, ensuring each and every linocut is printed to the best possible quality in its final run.
Ink on the lino
After months of preparation and working with the linocuts to get them to a printable state, it was very exciting to see them burst into life when a layer of ink was rolled across their surface. It suddenly became clear to me just how detailed and intricate the designs were, and the hours and days and weeks that must have gone into the skilled construction of such objects.
The first pull of proofs
Once every inked surface of the linocuts had been impressed upon a sheet of paper, it was time to hang the proofs up on the walls of the press, take a step back and admire each and every last little detail. For me, it was the first time I had viewed the printed outcome of each lino, and after hours and hours of staring at their un-inked surfaces, it was amazing to see the printed outcome.