This is a limited edition experimental poster printed using wood type and a Vandercook printing press.
The flourescent wood type in Balloon typeface was printed first. It was hand inked, using a brayer. This technique allowed for an uneven inking, at times reminiscent of a split-fountain inking technique.
Once the first layer was printed, designer planned an arrangement of gothic type that would create another spatial layer in the poster, dominating with a stark, black contrast. To achieve an even black, it was inked using the press cylinder inking system.
Finally, the red circles were introduced to serve as a compositional device. They are printed using Montgomery Ward Red ink by Fred K.H. Levy company, labelled as expiring in August 1963. It is a very special shade of warm red.
The paper used is 20 lb. Vandercook glossy proofing paper. It picks up the subtleties of wood type grain and texture. It is over 30 years old and was designed to be used with this type of printing press to pick up on the details of the letterpress relief printing method.
- Designer and printer
- Vida Sačić