Steamroller Printing 101: how to make a steamroller print

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Steamroller Printing 101: how to make a steamroller print

Tools needed:

A seven-ton Steamroller

A flat-bed semi-truck (to transport the seven-ton Steamroller)

Coal

A flat street

1 Linocut Artist

1 Master Printer

2 to 3 “Inky Hands” team members

1 Steamroller Engineer

1 Steamroller Mechanic

1 Steamroller Technician

2 to 3 “Clean Hands” team members

1 DJ

1 Mistress of Ceremonies

1 or more iPhones (for taking photos)

Kale and Avocado Salad with Lemon Juice from Whole Foods Potrero Hill (highly recommended)

4 oversized pieces of Rives BFK 100% cotton 300 lbs. paper mould made at the Arches Mill in Loraine, France

Also essential to have:

1 industrial size piece of “Battleship” linoleum that meets U.S. Navy Specifications for covering warship decks

Top Secret blend of Oil Based Ink

Assorted sharp carving tools

Hanshi paper (optional)

Fude brushes (optional)

Sumi ink (optional)

3 to 4 paper towels

Black water-based ink

Tracing paper

White pencil

Scissors

Other stuff

Yoga Mat Strap

Round-Trip Plane Ticket

Map of the New York Subway (NOT the Long Island Rail Road)

Gelato from Eataly, any flavor (essential)

The process:

Since photos are worth a thousand words each and since the list of essential ingredients is provided above, and additional instructional photos are available here, the rest is self-explanatory, so give it a try at home and let us know how it works out for you.

With much gratitude to:

Rik Olson

The Center for the Book Arts, New York

San Francisco Center for the Book, California

About the Print

“Masterpiece”

by C.K.Itamura of Peach Farm Studio

Linocut printed on Rives 100% Cotton 300 lbs. paper (mould made at the Arches Mill in Loraine, France), using a Buffalo Springfield steamroller provided by Roots of Motive Power on Rhode Island Street in front of San Francisco Center for the Book during 10th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival, September 29, 2013.

Proceeds from the sale of this print and other steamroller prints printed at Roadworks, benefit the projects and programs of San Francisco Center for the Book. Contact San Francisco Center for the Book at 415-565-0545 or info@sfcb.org for details.

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