paper and ink…

photo courtesy of Pink Dot Press

Do you remember the thrill you got years and years ago when a crinkly airmail envelope with blue and red striped trim arrived in the mail, or a tacky postcard from a pal on summer vacation? I used to LOVE getting mail, but the only mail I get these days is mind-numbingly boring (bills, flyers, pizza menus).

I was thinking about the lost art of letter writing and recalling how much I used to enjoy having personalized stationery (that was before kids, house, dogs, laundry…when clocks were a lot slower). There’s nothing quite like a good pen, a thick piece of luxurious cotton paper, and the perfect words–it’s just so Oprah!

When I was studying graphic design, I took a typography course and the instructor toured us through an amazing letterpress printing room with cabinets full of old letterpress blocks–it was absolutely fascinating. I’ve been a fan ever since. With the advent of digital printing, letterpress was put on the back shelf, but thanks to a lot of very creative people, there is a groundswell of wonderful products out there. Here are some of the intriguing images I found on my hunt for letterpress artists–I hope they inspire you to pick up a pen and write.

photo courtesy of Elum Designs


photo courtesy of Sunlit Letterpress Printing

photo courtesy of Paper Shop Ink

photo courtesy of Prologue Press

photo courtesy of Pink Dot Press

photo courtesy of Modus Press

photo coutesy of Dolce Press

photo courtesy of Design Sponge

6 responses

  1. I love letter press! My husband works on his friend’s ancient press often. I still write notes…it’s so relaxing to sit and jot a few words down. Much more calming than sitting in the bluish glow of a computer screen! I love the collection you’ve shown here in this post.
    Have a great day!

    • Hi Janis…do you know any good letterpress houses in Vancouver? BTW…after all my griping…I’m actually getting a teensy excited about the Olympics. I actually went out and bought one of those tacky car window flags…but it is for the Canadian hockey team!

  2. Yes! I LOVE letterpress. There’s something so delicate and soulful about having each word and image pressed into an exquisite stock.

  3. I would love to get some personalized stationary, We need to introduce more of the more elegant elements back into our lives.

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