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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Lovin’ Letterpress II – Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

Lovin' Letterpress II - Week 1

I’m back in the print studio! Last night was my first Lovin’ Letterpress II class at the Printing & Book Arts Center (PABA) at the Genesee Center for the Arts. I am thrilled to share that I am able to take this class right now because I was awarded a scholarship from Ladies of Letterpress!

Since it’s been nearly two years since I took Lovin’ Letterpress I (doesn’t feel like two years!) my goal for last night was to simply re-familiarize myself with PABA. I was surprised when I walked through the door and saw that PABA moved some things around! The place looks great. There is a “new” (to me) reception area and mini-gallery to showcase student work and give project samples. A majority of the type cases are now in the basement which allows for more room in the main space. PABA looks great! Such a nice space to work in.

After I spent a good hour looking around I got to work. Going into class I knew I wanted to make a batch of thank you cards for my Indiegogo campaign funders. I also knew I wanted to attempt to print 2-color since I have only ever done 1-color. Last night I printed the “THANK” and “www.megancharland.com” in black ink. Next week I’ll be printing the second color which I haven’t decided on yet. At first I wanted to use a hot pink for “YOU”, but I’m not sure. I’ll post photos of the final cards next week!


Lovin’ Letterpress | RECAP – read a recap of my 10 week experience in Lovin’ Letterpress I –> this post links to each individual weekly post on my old blog: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 & 4, Week 5 & 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9 and Week 10!