Limited amount left, of all of them. I need to make room for new cards for next year. The snowflakes ones are all A6 size folded cards (4.5″ x 6.25″) printed on French Paper Co. 140#C Pure White, with a frosted blue envelope. The Winter Solstice card is a smaller single note (5″ × 3.25″, not folded), printed on Arturo 110#C Soft White with a deckled edge, with matching hand painted or plain envelope.
New designs, nothing off the press yet. I’ve got a wedding job to finish before I can get back to my greeting cards, but these should be ready before the end of January.
I just got my big paper order in and a new set of plates from Boxcar Press. These are digital mockups, but here’s what’s in the works right now:
Haven’t decided for sure on the colors for the I <3 YOU SO MUCH! cards. I am a big fan of the simplicity of black and red. The <3 cards will be printed as 4bar folded cards, blank as per usual.
I’m also liking the blood splatter Kafka the more I look at it. I originally made it on a lark, because it’s a bit overbearing/overdramatic, but the graphic punchiness is nice.
This is something I’ve had churning around in my head for awhile. I’ve wanted to make a set of postcards/prints celebrating our native wildlife. In addition to the American bison, I’m planning to definitely make one of the Greater prairie chicken. Other possibilities are White-tailed Deer, Bobcat, Coyote, Red Fox, Great Blue Heron, Northern Bobwhite, Killdeer, Eastern Screech-Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, American Crow, Loggerhead Shrike, Red-Winged Blackbird, Common Nighthawk, Poor-Will, Tiger Salamander, Ornate Box Turle, the list goes on. We have a lots of great indigenous species.
If you have any favorites, I’m definitely open to suggestions.
UPDATE: Refining the sketch and playing with brushes. This is my first time working with a Wacom tablet. It is able to capture my mark making really well, the result looks very close to what a sketch with a dip pen and ink looks like. The bison will continue to get better as I get to know the tablet.
It’s been a long while since I printed last. Between family illness, grad school, and my work with the Manhattan Experimental Theater Workshop I was swamped. I printed a new set of business cards this morning and had enough ink on the press to try out a new plate. It’s my largest plate. In fact, it’s the largest my press can print. The plate is a larger version if the Ryokan poem card.
Our life in this world –
to what shall I compare it?
It’s like an echo
Resounding through the mountains
and off into the empty sky.
It’s one of my favorite poems, and one that I want to share with people by making a beautiful letterpress print. I’ll have them for sale on my Etsy site shortly, and will be contacting the local shops I sell at to see if they want to stock them.
They are printed in a purplish-black color I call sumi black, because it reminds me of thick, freshly-ground sumi. I printed on four different colors of paper: Mohawk Loop in Antique Vellum finish in Milkweed (160#C), Husk (160#C), and Thai Gold (130#C); and French Paper Co. Construction in Pure White (140#C). The finished prints will be approximately 7.25″ x 9.25″.
Part of building up a wedding portfolio besides doing jobs for real couples is designing mock-invitations. I usually use the details from my own wedding so I’m not stepping on anyone’s toes. The nice part about this design, besides the amazing typeface (Erotica, by Argentinian designer Maximiliano Sproviero), is that the left design can be anything the couple wants (Brandon and I had crows for our theme), or the type block can be moved to the center and swash or another narrow element (trees, lace, etc.) can frame it on either side. UPDATE The other good thing about them: they allow you to quickly try out new colors. Definitely can’t do that with a letterpress…
I started work on letterpressing this beautiful set of invitations for Julie Sperfslage. She is a graphic designer, and you should check out more of her work here, who is getting married and decided to have Two Crow Press print her invitations. Her handwritten script with decorative swash on these invitations is really beautiful and playful. She chose the super thick cotton Lettra 220#DTC in Fluorescent White for her paper stock. My hands were K-State purple after cleaning the rollers (my cuticles are still stained, certain pigments definitely have staying power)! Here’s a preview of the invitations, the RSVPs she designed are just as good. I steamed the paper before printing to open up the fibers more, but I love the little bit of saltiness that is still there. Lettra is a pretty textured paper, so it’s difficult to create enough pressure to get rid of the saltiness, especially with a human-powered tabletop platen press. I wanted a Heidelberg Windmill so badly after pressing almost 300 of these. Whew! Someday.