The first print

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This post is almost a year overdue (photos and video from February 2016). But it’s kind of lovely to look back on this very first print run from a bit of a distance. I haven’t printed nearly as much as I would like in the last 12 months, and so the photos and video are proving to be a nice motivation booster. I felt a little burned out by the end of 2016 — consequently, we spent most of our evenings in a comatose state on the couch (some quality viewing on Netflix — omg, Outlander — however The Wire still remains my favourite television series ever). I’m not making any ‘new year resolutions’, but it feels like it’s about time to pick up tools and start doing stuff for me again. Not ‘cos it pays well. Or because I have a big grand scheme. But because at the end of the day, when I feel like I haven’t had a second to spare, I want to feel like I’ve accomplished something out of the ordinary — and not wasted any moments on frivilous nothings.

…So many lessons learned in this first print. And really chuffed that, through the restoration, my knowledge of this beautiful machine grows. I think if I was gifted a press in pristine condition, I wouldn’t appreciate her beauty quite so much.

For the Love of George – first print – blind emboss

A blind emboss (without ink) to test and fine-tune the impression.

For the Love of George – first print – polymer plate

The polymer plate – deep relief. Before the ink.


Happy with the evenness of the impression, I ink up the ink disk.

For the Love of George – first print – polymer printing plate with ink

Polymer plate with the ink, ready to print.

For the Love of George – first print – beautiful print and impression
For the Love of George – first print – fine details

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  • lis

    Hello, I am so happy to find your blog on this Lauren. its great to see-love this old machinery in action. Congratulations. I have one of these which was left to me and would love to have a chat, email. In the process of needing to move it and would like to ask a couple of things if possible. Happy printing..

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