After printing the bold headline in yellow on Wednesday, today was the day to print the explanatory body copy on my California Typewriter poster.
I didn’t really want to print this in black, both because I wanted to avoid a honeybee colour scheme, and because I was afraid that the density of the black would detract from the sunshine of the yellow.
“How about grey?”, I asked myself.
I don’t have any grey ink, but I do have both black and white.
So I put a dollop of opaque white on the ink disk:
And then I added a tiny, tiny, tiny amount of black. So tiny you wouldn’t believe how tiny it was. In this regard I had the helpful Making the color gray forum topic from Briar Press to guide me, especially:
Don’t forget adding your colour to white should be done in tiny amounts slowly building towards what you want. If you go to dark there’s no going back, by adding more white!
The result was a very pleasing, dare I say “smokey” grey:
Letting the rollers of the press have at it, a couple of minutes later I had a lovely grey ready for printing:
The type for the body copy is relatively new foundry type, for both faces, and so there was very little need for makeready; here’s what one of the first prints looked like:
It’s hard to get a sense, from that photo, of how not-intense-black the grey is.
Here are the final posters, drying stacked:
You may have noticed, if you’re paying careful attention, that I’ve organized a screening of the documentary California Typewriter for Sunday, December 9 at 1:30 p.m. at City Cinema. Please spread the word. And watch for the posters around town.