Paper preparation ... continued
Before starting the colour carving, there is one more job that has to be done with the printing paper. Now that it has been 'soaking' for a couple of hours, the package is opened up, and the sheets of paper 'crawled', as in the photo above. This is to allow each sheet to fully expand under the influence of the moisture now present inside it. I also take this chance to set the paper up in groups of ten sheets, separated by newsprint, all facing 'down' with the kento corner on the same side, so that when I start printing the paper will be all in the right orientation. I then repack it all in the plastic bag, to wait for the colour carving to be finished.