Step 5 — Production failure
As we finally knew how to print with blood, it was about time to start printing. Once the printing press was running, we got highly enthusiastic. Maybe too enthusiastic, as we didn't realise in time we were using a wrong imposition scheme. Aargh! Beginners' failure. Let's see it this way: production failures are appropriate for a project about voluntary suffering. We had to trash lots of printed sheets, and even worse –as we lost too much blood– we had to prepare new blood.
The printing process was interrupted for more than a month. But thanks to the everlasting energy of our physician at the laboratory, we had enough blood powder to print the rest of the book.
As the only ink to be used within this book will be blood, there is a problem with a clothbound cover. This can't be offset printed with blood, unless you have 40 litres of blood available. Silkscreen printing would be an option then. But in that case then Mr. Linssen would have to donate his blood for the rest of his life, and the book could only be published after his death. Therefore the title won't be printed, but will be burned into the cover like the incongruous cattle branding. Still some fun ahead before the book is finished.