Vintage Post Cards Reprinted

Letterpress printed 100+ year old type cut

Letterpress printed 100+ year old type cut

I needed access to a letterpress machine – without buying one. The best deal in town is to take Contemporary Letterpress with Grendl Löfkvist at City College of San Francisco, so I did that.

Post Card type cut from early 1900s

Post Card type cut from early 1900s

It was supposed to be meant for people wanting to learn how to translate a design into a photopolymer plate, but I kinda didn’t get the message – and printed woodblocks (see last post) and some 100+ year old type cuts that I’ve had for a while.

I wanted to make postcards that evoked the past, but would be affordable (and useable) today. I chose Fabriano Mediovalis as paper for those that like to use a fountain pen to write with.

Vintage type cut used to make contemporary post card.

Vintage type cut used to make contemporary post card.

I put them up on my BiblioForge Etsy store if you’d like a set. They’re $12.00 for five.

This isn’t earth shattering design, just a bit of fun, so have some!

 

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New Year – 2015!

Last year, I managed to teach a few classes but spent most of the year in a migraine fog; seven months without relief. But near the end of last year, I found a bodywork treatment that has relieved the pain. I didn’t get much done – and no blogging in a year!

Now that I feel better, I’ll be posting again. 😉

While I wasn’t able to do much work last year, I did some and I’ll post up my efforts as I go along.

I have an Etsy store called BiblioForge (tricky branding, right?) and have posted a few calligraphic woodblock prints.

The e.e. cummings quote was cut a couple of years ago and this fall I printed it letterpress.

Woodblock printed letterpress

Woodblock printed letterpress

Be Of Love woodblock handprinted

Be Of Love woodblock handprinted

The alphabet was fun – I used a ruling pen to write out the letters, then cut them in wood. Printing on a Vandercook letterpress is a nice experience and oil based ink is completely different than water based ink.

Freely written alphabet cut in wood and printed letterpress

Freely written alphabet cut in wood and printed letterpress

I'm a printer!

I’m a printer!

These two prints are available at BiblioForge on Etsy. The new year promises to be productive in terms of making and researching books!