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Printing Blankets – Printing Matt

  • Wipe clean surface on top and on the bottom is a cushioning layer
  • For use with any press
  • Excellent quality prints from etchings through to woodblocks
  • PVC with extra thick soft felt backing
  • Extra cushioning layer between your bed and top Roller.
  • Can be rolled up for easy storage when not in use
  • For our suggestions on which combinations of Matt, Blankets and Runners to use for all the different kinds of plates see the product description.
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Printing Matt, Blankets and Runners Guide

Here is our Printing Matt, Blankets and Runners Guide explaining which combination of matt, blankets and runners to use for printing different plates on our etching printing presses. This is the way we use our own presses and how we demonstrate printing uses our presses as well.  However all printmakers will want to develop their own ways of working as all plates are made in different ways, and they are going to be inked up using different inks as well as paper and techniques of wiping or rolling. If you need any help just call or email.

Plate – 1mm, 2mm, 3mm, or 4mm float Glass. 

Use a set of the Printing Runners to the same thickness of the glass your printing and then either the one printing matt on its own or any of the sets of 2 blankets. You might want to use an extra metal plate to put the glass onto, to raise it slightly, but its best, depending on what results you want to experiment, and if you need any help just call us.

Plate – 1m thick dry-point styrene or thinner plastic plates.

The printing matt on its own or any of the sets of x 2 blankets.

Printing a drypoint plate

Plate – 1mm thick etchings including zinc, copper, aluminium and steel, photo etching’s and photopolymers. 

The printing matt on its own or any of the sets of x 2 blankets.

Printmaking

Plate – 2mm thick etchings including zinc, copper, aluminium and steel, photo etching’s and photopolymers

The printing matt on its own or any of the sets of x 2 blankets.

 Steel Etching

Plate – Mountboard collagraph’s

The printing matt on its own or any of the sets of x 2 blankets.

Plate – Mountboard and plaster collagraph’s

The printing matt on its own or any of the sets of x 2 blankets.

Plate – 3mm thick plastic dry-points

The printing matt on its own or any of the sets of 2 blankets.

You might want to use large thickness of newspaper or newsprint to help compensate for the large 3mm thick step you are creating if you are using only one blanket. Or you can print using the set of two or three blankets depending on the depth of line created in the plate.

Plate – 3mm thick easy cut lino or 3.2mm thick hessian backed lino or 4mm thick Japanese plywood or any relief plate that is no thicker than 4mm

We use 4mm thick runners and chock the plate up from underneath to make it the right height See the runners page for more information on this. For this type of printing you don’t need a matt or blanket, but if you like using blankets or want to protect any wear on your top roller, you can use any combination of Matt or blankets but see what works best for your plate.

    

Plate – 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 14mm, 16mm, 18mm, 20mm, 22mm, 24mm linos or woodblocks 

We use the appropriate thickness of runners and chock the plate up from underneath to make it the same, if not slightly higher than the runners. For this type of printing you don’t need a matt or blanket, but if you like using blankets or want to protect any wear on your top roller, you can use any combination of Matt or blankets but see what works best for your plate.

Plate – 25mm letterpress blocks in or out of chases or linos or woodblocks

We use the appropriate thickness of runners and chock the plate up from underneath to make it the same if not slightly higher than the runners. For this type of printing you don’t need a matt or blanket, but if you like using blankets or want to protect any wear on your top roller, you can use any combination of Matt or blankets but see what works best for your plate.

Reduction Lino Registration

Plate – Any thickness of plate lino or woodblock reductions. We use the following method. Glue your plate down to a board or styrene to make sure it does not move. Use registration pins to hold the paper in place, and plastic tabs to reposition your paper in place. Measure the thickness of your board or styrene you have stuck your plate to and then the lino or woodblock. Choose the appropriate runners for this thickness (ideally the exact thickness). If you do a test print and it’s not printing correctly add one or two pieces of paper on top of the paper your printing on to help the sandwich be the same height as your runners.

For this type of printing you don’t need a matt or blanket, but if you like using blankets or want to protect any wear on your top roller, you can use any combination of Matt or blankets but see what works best for your plate.

Additional information

Size

Little Thumper Press 12” x 30” Inches 30 x 76.5cm, No 1 Press 15” x 30” Inches 38 x 76.5cm, No 2 Press 20 x 40 Inches 51 x 102 cm, No 3 Press 25” x 48” Inches 63.5 x 122cm, No 4 Press 35” x 60” / 88.9 x 152.4cm