So here is a funny story. From the moment I decided I wanted a printing press, I decided my first project would be our family Christmas card for this year. I wanted to keep focused on something to get me going on this new adventure. I looked and looked for the right price and a nice little tabletop press. I found "Kelsey" on ebay and got it last week.
Here is the interesting part. Kelsey came with some extras. One of the extras was a (linocut stamp-I believe) that is a Christmas card that someone made. It just gave me chills...to think that someone-maybe like me....decided she wanted a printing press and made her own Christmas cards. Here is the linocut print that I could not wait to do by hand so I could better see the impression.
I don't really get the ship but it is well carved and still lovely. I think it would have print better on paper better suited for this purpose but I just had to see it now. Anyway, on the back of the carved stamp-it reads "Joe and Wendy Cards Xmas 1940 Black on Grey w/grey deckle". I'm so thrilled to have this piece! I think I will get some nicer paper and print in red or green and frame it as a tribute to my new found art!
This week I will be deciding on where to get my rollers and learning more about boxcar press and how to get photopolymer plates etc. I'm also thinking about the perfect Christmas card. I want it to be very special and unique to our family. Thinking about a fireplace with all of our stockings hung with our names! Or maybe just a word that is the essence of Christmas to us. That is my update for today.
More important, it is a special day. September 11.....a day for us to stop and remember all of those who lost their lives, loved ones, and their feeling of security on that dreadful day 9-11. We will never forget.