So last night, I got to hang out with the Commonwealth Press crew, and do some printmaking. I haven’t screenprinted anything myself since sophomore year of college (so… 2002ish?). Luckily, the boys did all the hard work, and all I had to do was decide what kind of paper I wanted and pull a little ink.
Lisa from Sapling Press gave us the run down on how to use the letterpress. I’m sort of in love with letterpress, and I’m fairly sure that if I had access to one of these machines, I’d never get anything else done (but I would have just the NICEST to-do lists).
They also had a woodblock print set up, which is a little more in my wheelhouse.
I met some awesome new people, Dan Rugh gave me a hard time, and I went home with some pretty sweet hand-made valentines. If you want to know when they’re throwing another shindig, you can keep up with Commonwealth and/or Sapling Press on the Twitters. More photos, as usual, on the Facebook.
New print in the shop!
You might notice that the Sound System print was pretty close to the original word art design. I didn’t really think the one that I did for Waiting would make a good lino print, plus I really wanted to take a serious stab at some hand-lettering. I got a few more process photos from this one than the last print. I must have written this out a thousand times – on paper scraps, envelopes, sketchbooks, bank slips. If anyone wandered in and saw my desk, they’d have probably thought I lost my marbles. But I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
If you want to pick one up, it’s in the shop.