Don't you just love the smell of freshly printed ink in the morning? I certainly do!
For the second year in a row, I'm participating in the Christmas Cards Exchange project organized by the group of enthusiastic letterpress printers from the UK. The group of participants is growing every year (we were with more than 60 this year) and it is an absolute joy to receive the Christmas cards from Iceland, US, Denmark, Italy, The Netherlands, Argentina and so on. So inspiring. Thank you & Merry Christmas to you all! It was the best Christmas ever! Check out all cards here.
Last year I've printed 3-colour cards using wood type available in my humble collection. I've also made a matching custom made envelope from A3 grey paper, printed it using the largest type I have and folded into a standard envelope size.
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This year, after running a few tests, I've decided to make something different - a poster folded to an A6 size. Actually, this decision came out of shortage of small size wood type. I had an idea of making something festive, like a firework, expressing it with words suggesting the sounds that it describes - onomatopoeia. After sketching (and messing around) for a while I've made a letterpress forme for a 2 colour composition. Facing a shortage of a few characters I had to adjust the design and replace some type, but don't we all love doing that? :) I had lots of fun printing it and I hope the fellow letterpress printers will like it ;)
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Christmas Cards Exchange 2014 - link