Lovin’ Letterpress II – Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 2

I finished printing my thank you cards last night! It did NOT go as planned. This is a perfect example of 1. learning from your mistakes and 2. making it work.

If you remember from last week the plan was to print a 2-color thank you card. After spending about 20 mins deciding on a color, I set-up the press making sure my text was centered. Well, my text was centered all right, but somehow didn’t start out that way! As you can see above my print revealed a huge gap between “THANK” and “YOU”. My word spacing was severely off. What to do? Well, I could have trashed the cards and started over, but wanting to save the cards (and not be wasteful) I decided to do a quick re-design. My instructor suggested I browse the ornamental type to add a little interest between the words. After briefly entertaining the idea of adding a martini glass, I went with the Art Deco type you see above.

Since I was now adding a third element to my card, I decided to make the “YOU” black ink and the ornament my second color – Pantone 485U. So, technically, although 2-colors my cards ended up being 3-impressions.

What did I do wrong? Honestly, I’m still not entirely sure what happened. What I do know, is that I could have caught this mistake earlier on if I proofed with the “THANK YOU” and then printed the “THANK” and “YOU” separately. Learning moment!


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wish-listed!

So, my birthday is coming up (in 4 months – ha!) and I would love the “Thinkin of a Master Plan” poster by Paper Jam Press. “Today Was a Good Day” is pretty sweet too. Wish-listed!


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lovely letterpress

One of my goals this year is to learn to letterpress. I haven’t had a chance to take a class yet and I’m getting pretty antsy. This book, Why We Lose Our Hands by Chris Fritton, is not helping. I want to learn! I want to learn! Seriously, I LOVE the look of letterpress. Lovely.

“The book is a study in contrast: it is printed entirely in black and white; it uses the most antiquated analog technology (letterpress) to articulate the most recent digital technology (2-D codes); and it requires an electronic device to decode, even though it masquerades as a technologically-independent object. And it is, in many ways, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to “read” it.” –WNYBAC blog


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Bummer, it looks like it is already sold out. Be sure to check out the WNYBAC blog to read more about Why We Lose Our Hands.