The first sheet is the registration paper with the size of the printing paper marked then the size of the plate is marked on the edges to be able to align the plate.
All these marks are transferred to the BACK of the printing papers for the edition.
Registration marks. Of course these are all aligned one on top of the other for printing.
Plate in position minus the ink, I wasn't printing today so this is a "special" effort, a dry run .
And this is how it looks ready to print.
Caution should be practised with the application of pressure .To avoid the paper slipping I apply gentle pressure with one hand while rolling the brayer across making sure every portion has been printed. It is a slow process and I do lift it from each side , very carefully to check the print.
I have used the baren to print but found it moved the paper especially with oil based inks, maybe I just need more practise with that!
No I don't have three hands hubby helped here with this shot.I don't usually print at home in this fashion with large prints as I have access to a friends press.