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.
Kropuenske/Anderson Wedding Invitation
Becky Chan of Honey and Bloom designed this beautifully modern invitation suite. The solid green leaves were achieved by double-inking the green plate. This bright green and warm grey color combination has become a favorite around the shop.
Notes: Printed in 2 colors on 220# Crane Lettra Pearl White paper with matching printed Lettra envelope
Your presence is key!
Here is a beautiful save the date token designed by Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls, one of our favorite calligraphers, treat-bringers and jet-set globetrotters. The tag is printed on 220# Lettra Duplex for maximum depth of impression, die cut with a slot hole punch to accommodate a wide ribbon. Maybelle sourced the perfectly-rusted keys at a Paris flea market. Check out Maybelle’s other work here.
Weideman/Wright wedding invitation
This beautiful wedding suite featured calligraphy and illustration by the groom. We assisted in formatting the files for printing and resizing artwork to best fit the envelopes. It was a deeply personal invitation to a special and unique event, ably coordinated by Nicole Sillapere and Rosemary Hattenbach.
Notes: Printed in three colors on 110# Lettra Pearl White, using matching Lettra Marquis envelopes