Brian Malachy Quinn
The plates are first etched with a diamond tipped stylus. If the print is to have color then the colored ink is applied before the black. It is brushed on the surface and not in the grooves. The paper is soaked in water then allowed to semi dry (this stretches the paper and allows the ink to permeate it). The plate is placed ink side up with the paper on top of it then run through the press. The plate is scrubbed clean. Black ink is next applied and rubbed in the grooves then the black ink on the surface is removed. The paper is placed color printed side up in the press. The plate is then placed ink side down by matchig the corner impressions that were formed in the paper when the color was printed. They are then run through the press. Each print is done one at a time.