getting ink color right

What color ink do I need to use to get a teal color on red paper?

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It all depends on how red the paper is and how light the teal is. I would do a first pass of opaque white, then a second pass with the teal.

Gans Ink makes a Snow White Opaque ink for letterpress. It is a specialty color with intense pigment. That said, it still does not give a true pure white base to overprint on but it may work. After printing the white you may need to double hit the teal. The additional issue with a teal ink is it may contain transparent white which does no help the color body blocking show through. Good luck.