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Printing the explorer

I’m working on printing the edition of my new print ‘The Explorer’ (working title… but it might stick) at the moment so I thought it would be a good opportunity to show photos and share and insight into the making process.
What you can see here are all the separate printing plates inked and laid out on the ‘printing map’ – a template I can use to get all the pieces in the right place.
Laying them out like this means that I can check the colours too, how they play off beside each other in the composition, and if there is an overall balance in tones.
Dampened paper will be laid over this and the whole lot sent through the press to transfer the image