There were boxes with all different letters and some pictures on wooden blocks. We were given a tray and a frame and had to fill the frame with whatever we wanted to print. I am absolutely fascinated by communism so was chuffed to find the hammer and sickle block! I put it in the middle of some type. The wooden blocks were for shoring up the text to make sure it was wedged in tight when you pick the frame up.
Then over to the machine. You put the ink on with a brayer, as demonstrated below by wonderful mum.
You put a piece of paper on top, push it into the machine, tighten the screw, then undo the screw and pull it out and ... ta da! One letter press poster.
Spot the "a" which isn't actually an "a"?
We've booked on a workshop, in March I think, so I just need to come up with another idea.