Friday, April 20, 2012

the workshops: letterpress

Ahhhhh. Letterpress.

For a person with papyrophilla (love of paper), it's the holy grail.  Ben and I bought our press a few years ago after taking a class in Los Angeles together.  It is one of the hobbies we share, and we have had a lot of fun figuring out the in and outs of our machine. We have a Challenge press which was probably manufactured in the 1950's.

Each student will get a set of Crane 100% cotton, 110lb flat cards and envelops. We are talking thick, gorgeous paper.  Here's an example of letterpress done on this paper:

Students will learn to mix their own ink color, properly ink a brayer and press their cards.

I have designed some plates for students to use to press their cards.  Here are the choices:

Okay! Who's in?


Secret Squirrel Designs said...

That paper is decadent! It is so lush I want to roll around in it! I wish I didn't live in the land far far away. What a fun toy for your studio.

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

I wish too that I lived close enough to take part in the May fun! Looks scrumptious! :)

Emily Foley said...

I have had a fascination (obsession?) with letterpress for the past four or five years. I am so anxious to try. I'm trying to talk my husband into helping me tweak the budget so I can fly out for the workshop because I am DYING to try it. So gorgeous.

April Meeker said...

I hope you can come! I'd love to finally meet you in person.