Monday, November 28, 2011

Recycling newsprint...

We use an old Kodak film box for storing large used newsprint (24"x36"), We often use these larger sheets for stripping prints, too. We can strip as many as 6 prints at a time using a larger scraper bar.  We raise the press bed with our slate slab and cover with tympan. I like to run it through the press at least twice (back and forth).  When we finish we put the most recently used newsprint at the bottom of the stack.

These sheet had as many as 5 other print ghosts from previous printings. We separate the newsprint according to size and always remember to put the most recently used sheets on the bottom of the stack before storing. This is just another way that we try to save paper, money and stay a little bit greener in the studio.
Some one recently mentioned to me that we must go through a lot of newsprint at L VIS Press because of "stripping" prints and "backing" sheets during the print run itself. I replied that we have been recycling our newsprint for over 9 years.  We do our best to reuse paper that has had time for the ink to dry (as long as 30 days is advised).  I find it so endearing to see all of the previous images that remain from editions past, things we have printed for ourselves and other artists.  Some of the compounded images are quite interesting with the unplanned overlapping of several editions. I'm sure that many of you probably already do this but I wanted to mention it in case you didn't know.  
I've been sketching up new images for 3 upcoming editions.  So far I think I like one of them.  Argh!

1 comment:

Yazzie Printmaker said...

I am trying to do the same and I should send you some of mine to get some of your stuff on my news prints:)