Continuing the series of regular reports documenting the production process of the first and second issues of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, Chapter 1: The Ingurgitator and Chapter 2: A Blot On His Escutcheon, this post focuses on the various print layers that were put together to create the intended cover design of the first issue and not used but may be in the second issue.
The type is assembled in reverse so that it reads the right way round when printed. A plywood block was used as a base and the rubber letters glued onto it.
Working in a tiny studio I had no available bench space for drying. Letting the prints dry outside on the ground in the Spring sunshine proved a fast way to obtain the dryness. On the other hand the prints were susceptible to a breeze that arose and falling frangipani flowers in the studio garden.
Some of the prints took advantage of the wind and jumped onto the grass. Accepting any randomness in my print process I didn’t mind when some of the wet prints landed face down on the grass and were smudged.
The final stage involved printing the type over the blue overlay and brown background.
For a visual diary record and time-line overview of this project, see all of the BLOTTING PAPER production reports.