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Friday, 9 October 2015

Registration

Sometimes you can spend hours and even days carving out your lino, getting the design just right. Then when you come to printing you're not sure how to register it each time.

There can be many methods to choose from and below are 5 examples that I show to my students.

1. Simple Registration 
Good for single colour printing

Step 1

Get a piece of paper larger than the paper you intend to print onto. 
Or use acetate for a wipe clean version.
Place your printing paper onto the sheet.
Using a pencil and ruler draw around the paper. Use a permanent marker if using acetate. 















Step 2

Then position your Lino inside the box you have just drawn. 
Draw around the Lino.
You now have a simple registration sheet.















2. Corner Registration
Good for single, multi block and reduction printing

Step 1

Get a piece of card or board. Pictured is 15x15 cm.
Top left draw a square and cut this out, this is where your Lino will sit.










                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Step 2.

Now you need to work out how big you want the margins around your Lino to be and draw this         onto the card. 
Pictured - margin is 2.5cm.


















Step 3

Now you need to create a raised lip for your paper to sit into.
Cut 2 strips of card.
Using PVA glue the strips into position.
Weigh down with a heavy book for a few hours or overnight to avoid any buckling of the card.



Step 4

The registration corner is now ready to use.
Place the Lino into the cut out corner.
Place the paper into the raised lip. If using a press remember to remove the corner to prevent the Lino getting stuck.


3. Adjustable registration 
Good for single, multi block and reduction printing.

Step 1

Get a piece of card or board larger than the paper you will be printing on.
Cut 4 strips of card.
Place your printing paper on the card.
Tape down 2 of the strips of card at the bottom corner of the paper.
This is where your paper will sit.

















Step 2

Place your Lino where you want it to sit within the printing paper and tape the remaining 2 strips of card into place.
These markers can be removed and adjusted for different sized Lino and paper.






















4. Fixed Registration A 
Good for multiple block printing

Step 1

You will need 2 pieces of card or board larger than your printing paper.
Using the same method in the Simple Registration, draw around your paper and Lino onto one of the pieces of card.
With a sharp blade cut out where the Lino will sit.






























Step 2

With PVA glue the 2 pieces of card together. 
Weigh down with heavy books for a few hours or overnight. 
Now you need to create a raised lip for your paper to sit in.
Cut 2 strips of card and glue them to the bottom corner of where your paper will sit.
If you are using a press make sure these sit below the height of your Lino when it is in position to prevent the entire board from getting stuck in the press.

To protect from ink and to make it easy to clean, give both sides a couple of layers of varnish. 

















5. Fixed Registration B 
Good for reduction printing

Step 1
Get a piece of card or board larger than your printing paper.
Using the same method of the Simple Registration draw around your paper and Lino onto the card.

















Step 2

With PVA glue your Lino into position.
Weigh down with heavy books overnight. It is really important you use a strong PVA glue to prevent movement between cuttings of each layer.
Now you need to create a raise lip for your paper to sit into.
Cut 2 strips of card and glue into position.
If you are using a press make sure these sit below the height of your Lino to prevent the entire board from getting stuck in the press.

Because the Lino is permanently attached to the board you will need to protect it from ink and to make it easy to clean. To do this give both sides a couple of layers of varnish.