Associate Professor Nathan Sullivan places ink on the table and then distributes it around the surface of a larger rubber roller. This is done continuously throughout the presentation to ensure the ink covers enough of the roller.
Instead of etching (carving) the linoleum plate, students drew on it with crayons and markers. Any type of drawing utensil can be used as long as it is oily or greasy so that the ink will latch onto it.
"With the lithography process, everything needs to be just right in order to print successfully," said Sullivan.
The next step is to wet the linoleum plate with a sponge and then roll the ink across it. The water will prevent the ink from latching onto anything except for the oily drawing. This process is done multiple times so that enough ink latches on which allows for a prominent printing.
First, the paper that is being printed onto is placed on the linoleum plate.
A layer of plastic is placed on top of the paper.
A thicker blanket is layered next. This allows for better distribution of pressure and gives the press a better grip.
Next, everything is pushed through into press.
Freeman cranks it through the press, applying enough pressure for the ink to transfer onto the paper.