Sunday, September 11, 2011

Letterpress Christmas Card

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.  

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Roll the Press!

Woohoo! Here we go! I got my Kelsey Excelsior 5x8 Type O Vintage Tabletop Printing press off ebay last week and it arrived.  I still have to get new rollers but I found several dealers on ebay and Etsy so that does not appear to be a problem.  I think this old art form appeals to my love for Typography.  Or, it just appeals to my obsession with creating and cracking a new code.  I get bored easy-Attention Deficit Disorder maybe?  Anyway, I'm so pumped about this!!!! Slow down there Cowgirl!  There is a huge learning curve I will have to tackle.  Don't worry, I will document as much as I can in case any other crazy newbies like me come along.  I'm going to keep my journal on this blog and they will all be tagged "Kesley 5x8" so you can filter through all my other rants to get to the meat of the matter! Also, in the future, I will refer to my printing press as "Kelsey" so don't think I'm talking about someone! LOL
Here is a list of links that I have found to be very helpful in my research about operating Kelsey.  
Links
So much about the history and anything you could want to learn about your Kelsey Printing press.  This guy knows his stuff.
BoxCar press: Letterpress supplies and letterpress work.  They also make plates that you can use of your own art and some kind of boxcar base that will fit your printing press.  Still have not figured all that out yet.  
Ladies of Letterpress: A major support group! Loaded with information-you just have to see it for yourself.

Ok, I'm sure there are tons of resources out there for us that are new to the art of letterpress.  So if you are reading this and know of something, please share!  Meanwhile, I have to go and cook some supper.  I have lots of questions and my brain is in overload!