Make Readies’

Screen print and letterpress make-readies’ / printing proofs created at the beginning and/or end of a multiplicity of projects print runs. After the artwork has been printed I often use the remaining ink to print on proofing sheets over and over again. The resulting image reveals interesting and inspiring effects. Both overprint and transparent qualities of each ink reveal and obscure randomness unique to each print.


make-read⋅y [meyk-red-ee]; make-read·y (māk’rěd’ē)

n.  The operation of preparing a form for printing by adjusting and leveling the plates to ensure a clear impression.

Origin: 1820–30; n. use of v. phrase make ready

  1. Printing. the process of preparing a form for printing by overlays or underlays to equalize the impression.
  2. the act or process of making something ready for use: a charge for make-ready on the new car.


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