Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Letterpress Beginner 101

OK, it has been a few weeks since I got the Kesley Excelsior Type O vintage printing press that I proudly bought off of ebay!  I have to be honest though and admit that I do have thoughts of what in the world was I thinking?!!! Still, I'm intrigued by everything I have to learn in order to print anything.....even one small Christmas card for 2011! I think that is exactly what I love.....the challenge.  SO.....I finally ordered the new rollers from a merchant on Etsy.  The came all the way from the UK so they must be brilliant right?  They were on my doorstep today when I got home.  I could not wait to open them.

I'm just a little confused about all of the different ways I could go to create my christmas card.  Do I just do a linocut?  Or maybe a photopolymer design? I don't have any furniture for the type that I just bought.  Can you just make your own furniture with wood?  If I do photopolymer with boxcar press, do I still need furniture?  What the hell is tympan paper?  Oh, so much to learn.  I'm not giving up.....NEVER!!!
I'm thinking of ordering a book or two on this subject.


Meanwhile, I decided that the first step is to clean this press!  I have learned that there may be some adjustments required.  From the looks of some of the screws and the roller springs, no adjustments will be made until cleaning and proper oiling is done.  There is a little rust which will inhibit movement.  I found some great information on Briar Press site.

Is there a Patron Saint of printers?  If there is, please let me know as I will praying to him or her alot!  Honestly though, this is such great fun.  This weekend, I will be cleaning the press according to information I found on Briar press site.  Will keep you posted.  Oh, I have to tell you.....I finally figured out what year this little Kesley was made.  Duh, it was right on the side as shown in the pic below.
1928! That would make Ms. Kelsey...83 years old!  I think it is about time that she gets back into action don't you?  Keep watching for more progress.  If you have a Kelsey and you want to share information, please do!  I feel like this is going to be a great adventure.  I would love to talk to letterpress artists who would be willing to share information to this newbie!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Project Runway Fan

OMG!  What a great shot!
I took this picture last week of our Goldie/Lord Sebastian and I did not realize that the background of the Project Runway judges would show up like this.  It looks like he is in front of the stage and he is not happy with the discussion!  LOL
I love that show!  I love the creativity and the pressure to create within budget limits and theme oriented boundaries. I noticed....during the commercials that there is a new show coming called something about accessories.  I want to do that.  Hmmmm......could I stand the pressure?  Could I work with the crazies that they bring to the show?  I don't know....but it is so exciting to watch these wonderful young and sometimes not so young people step into action and create! It's just lovely to watch.  Bravo to all of them....my heart breaks when they get voted off....I scream with joy when they win!  I'm so proud of the artists/designers for putting themselves out there!  Not the most brilliant blog post.....I know....but I just wanted to say that I am constantly inspired by this show and any shows like it!