Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I sure did. I spent my Saturday at the San Francisco Center for the Book
learning how to do a letterpress print on a vintage Vandercook
printer. Perhaps I'm a big nerd but I had so much fun. I love learning new things. We learned everything from setting our type, loading it onto the printer, choosing the design, getting the paper ready and how to work the machine. I can feel my printers muscles already forming.
I chose the 18 point Stymie bold font. It was simple but strong and went really well with the limericks we printed. Here is a bit of the rundown of the class.
| A Limerick to letterpress.|
|This is what the metal type looks like piece by piece.|
|Here is my block of type ready to print.|
|Printing blocks stabilized on the press.|
|Overview with inked printing rollers.|
|Side view of letterpress printer, isn't it pretty?|
|Final of first limerick(oops...you really need to watch the spacing)|
|I had better luck with my second limerick...|
All in all, a very successful day. I would highly recommend taking the class to anyone. My instructor was Maia de Raat of Dandylion Press.
She was excellent and it was a really fun class. What great way to spend a Saturday. I'm really looking forward to Letterpress 2 and whatever myriad of classes after that.