Illustration

The Hand-Written Print

Preparing hand-written or hand-drawn artwork for letterpress printing is not as difficult or intimidating as many may think. Hand-drawn artwork can take on an entirely new charm when letterpress printed, and we have had some great results. Calligraphy is especially pleasing when relief printed. A follow-up post will go into more detail explaining one of the methods to prepare hand-drawn images, but while we put that together, here are some photos to illustrate the type of hand-drawn art that works well for letterpress printing.

Hand-written hand-drawn letterpress invitations

hand-written letterpress wedding invitation detailHand-written calligraphy letterpress wedding invitation

Calligraphy letterpress wedding invitationHand-written letterpress wedding invitation


Turner Duckworth Holiday

London skyline letterpress card

This clever illustration was created for Turner Duckworth’s 2009 Holiday card. The illustration is printed on a separate sheet that is then tipped into an embossed “frame” on the folding card.  We mounted half of the cards to show the London skyline, and half to show the San Francisco city scape, for the two offices of Turner Duckworth. The large solids were difficult to achieve, but definitely worth the effort.

Notes: Printed in 3 colors on 110# Lettra fluorescent white