We’ve been working on a very special project with the legendary Peter Halley. This edition is a first for us, using some new techniques to create a print that really translates his work well. Creating a print with so many layers involves a lot of different steps but is a very rewarding process.
We start off with the original artwork that we digitally separate. Then we play around with several different hand-cut samples, sending them back and forth to the artist to see if things will work. After trying a couple of different ways, we determined that printing on a flatbed printer, using UV inks, would be the best approach.
Once the printed sheets are finished we move on to the foil stamping. The printing has to be fitted to match the dies, the dies are large copper plates used in a press that applies heat and pressure to make the foil adhere. About 250 degrees of heat and many tons of pressure are needed to create a crisp and clean foil on the print.
After the foil is added to the printed sheets, we apply an adhesive to the back of the paper. Now, we are ready for die-cutting. The die-cutting die needs to be handmade to perfectly fit the print. It must be exact and made by a specialised die maker.
When all the sheets are die-cut, we can finally put them together. This requires careful alignment with each layer onto the base art. This step means making jigs for aligning the sheets as perfectly as possible. Then as a last step the entire print is carefully run through an etching press to make sure all the layers are evenly pressed together.
And that's all.. 😆 Who's excited for this print?