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It’s been busy in the Scribble Sketch Press studio. So busy, in fact, that I’ve been hard pressed for time to photograph the results. Hopefully in the next weeks or so I can photograph these projects properly, but here are a few sneak peaks I snapped before my camera battery ran out tonight.
This is the main image for a wedding suite I just delivered. I love doing letterpress from hand-drawn images.
This is the top corner of a baby shower invitation. It was such an adventure to find the exact right typeface…
And finally, this is a custom wedding suite that has already been mailed out to the guests, but I’ll wait a little longer to show the whole suite online. Their theme is talavera tiles… love love love…
I’ll be back next week with more…
Awesome news! Scribble Sketch Press was featured in a treasury on Etsy. Check out all the bicycle fun here.
I was lucky enough to inherit a mixed bag collection of wood type when I got my big press. Wood type is rare and extremely sought after by letterpress enthusiasts, causing ebay bidding wars. None of my sets are complete fonts, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying them.
I spent some quality studio time this weekend with my wood type and the Nolan proof press. The wonderful thing about wood type is that it is naturally unpredictable. It has little irregularities, scratches, and varied surface textures. It prints with a lovely velvety and vintage looking impression instead of a deep imprint. Printing more than two or three letters is difficult to pull off on the pilot press, but the Nolan is a proof press that applies pressure at one point at a time instead of all at once.
The results: a funky print of a bicycle built for two. For now, it’s a limited run (only five available) with two different color schemes. Perfect for the bike-riding enthusiast, or wood type appreciator!
Interested? Check out my Etsy store here.
Don’t you love getting things in the mail? I do. It’s a departure from the certainty and immediacy of email. You’re not quite sure when something will arrive, or if something you send will really ever reach it’s destination. You just hope.
In 2011, I’m making a point to send more snail mail. I don’t even need a reason, just a blank card, a black pen, a stamp, and an address. I even printed up some of my very own personal stationery for the studio. I love this typewriter key font.
What else is going on at Scribble Sketch Press besides lots of designing and printing? Well, lots! I can rarely drive by a second hand shop without stopping in. Sometimes (oftentimes) I walk out empty handed, but once in a while there are treasures that I cannot pass up. Here are a few of my favorite finds from the last few months.
Some items are useful in my studio:
Other items are not as much useful or necessary as they are wonderful:
Why don’t people mount photographs on wood plaques and dip them in resin anymore? This is a trend that could possibly make a comeback. Case in point below:
I got a rush order for some custom letterpress business cards a few weeks ago. She just needed a small amount, only 25 to start out with, for her contracting business that she just started. We looked around the studio together and I put something together for her using just handset type I have here in the shop. Her business name, Dama, is set in 48 point Coronet with the remaining text in 12 point San Serif Light (my favorite!). To add a little bit more to the otherwise simple design, she chose a pale blue card instead of white.
I really like how they turned out. With letterpress, sometimes less is more…