Printing with pasta makers & craft machines

Robin inking and printing a waterless lithograph plate with her pasta maker

Adapting a pasta maker to print a longer plate below

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Have a look at how to make this etching/letterpress -rather like a proofing press or Tirrabozza If you are a handy person or know one, go for it.
A Homemade, etching/letterpress
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video showing how a handy person adapted a pasta maker 
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Excellent photo from printmaker Chris C, showing her pasta maker adapted by a handy person  - simple & most effective.
Printing with a Sunlit craft machine

PRINTING WITH A PASTA MAKER - INTAGLIO  

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Drypoint 1
Drypoint 1

Ink plate and place it face down onto dampened paper. Wrap in a piece of thin blanket such as a "soaker" or a piece of thin foam commonly used as a packaging material.

Drypoint 2
Drypoint 2

Make a "sandwich" of your plate, paper and foam

Step 3
Step 3

Set your machine - you will need to experiment with this as to the best setting

Step 4
Step 4

Start feeding the wrapped bundle in to the machine

Step 5
Step 5

Note that the plate needs to be flexible enough to pass through the machine and beyond without being jammed on the table

Step 6
Step 6

Almost there

The print
The print

The print, the plate and the high density foam

RELIEF/PLANOGRAPHIC PRINTING WITH A PASTA MAKER  Click on each image for details

The example below is a waterless lithograph plate made of recycled aluminium offset plate from a commercial printer

Step 1
Step 1

Pasta maker, paper and inked waterless litho plate. This plate is known as a planographic plate but an inked linocut will work well. The plate needs to be flexible.

Step 2
Step 2

Set your machine, you will need to experiment here.

Step  3
Step 3

Place the plate face down onto paper

Pasta 4
Pasta 4

Begin feeding plate and paper through the machine

Pasta 5
Pasta 5

Feeding through

Pasta 6
Pasta 6
Pasta 7
Pasta 7

Almost there

The print
The print