Registration for lithography

When working on the stone and printing lithographs in the center of the paper it could be hard to have your colors aligned. You need a registration system.

Joe, has demonstrated for me one way of registration printing.

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This simple looking wooden instrument is hand-made, but now you can find it in the stores as well. On the ends of the perpendicular pieces of wood, there are needles ( awls ), which meant to go trough the paper holes (in the middle of two sides) and fit to the tiny holes in the stone.

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When the awls are in the both holes of the paper, Joe carefully lifts the other sides of the paper and transfers it to the litho stone.

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Needles are fitting inside of the holes on the sides of the stone and keeping the print in exact place.

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I thought it is a very efficient techniques. For 5 color print we were able to keep a very exact and lined up image.


“Cluster” A.P. 4.2014
Ekaterina Smirnova


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