Decorative end- and cover papers produced by using
string as a medium for printing. This technique,
in which a line pattern is emphasized, involves
tying string around a block, inking it with a
brayer and then pressing the block against the
paper. The paper may also be pressed against the
block. The string may also be tied around the
brayer, which is then rolled over the printers'
ink and then onto the paper. As the brayer rolls
across the sheet the pattern repeats itself.
Rolling in different directions and using more
than one color results in a variation of design.
For more control in shaping the design in a formal
arrangement, the string can be glued to the block
in the pattern desired and then inked and printed.
String prints may also be combined with other
media, the paper being rolled first with one color
and the string print applied over it in a
different color. The technique is also used in the
production of paste papers. (183 )