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Archive for April, 2009

pistachio ink

I delivered a wedding invitation job yesterday, and the last color was this beautiful pistachio green.  I hope it’s not too boring when I post shots of mixing inks – I just think its so pretty sometimes.

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I’m running off soon to pick up some negatives for platemaking, and then come back and start printing.  I delivered these scored table cards the other day along with some menus.  A nice understated and delicate touch.

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For the past few weeks I’ve been thinking about how I can use this economic downturn as an opportunity to push out in new directions and become a better business person.   Surely one of the first things I can do is amp up my etsy shop!  I used to be pretty active on etsy, but to be honest after a while I just got kind of bored of printing greeting cards.  So its time take a new approach and get going with some new initiatives.

This morning I took a field trip to Chinatown and hunted around for some vintage paper goods to work with.  I found a treasure trove of good stuff, including a lot of beautiful old accounting stationery.  I plan on doing some experimenting to come up with some interesting letterpress items, all affordable and mostly one-of-a-kind, to post in my etsy shop.  I’ll throw some links to new items as I go, hope you’ll check in with me and give some feedback!

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computer furball

In addition to two wedding jobs later this week, I have a lot of computer work to finish over the next few days.  Today I’m working on proofs and ordering materials, next I’ll be making more (yet unpublished) updates to my website.  I’m trying to make the ordering process a little easier for out-of-towners and people who don’t know much about letterpress.  I’ll be adding an “Ordering Process” section and an “FAQ” page.  Any feedback is always appreciated, so let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see more of on the site!

And Gayle is getting bigger and sweeter by the day.  She’s 5 months old now and still napping like a pro…

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Do you know that tip about how you should never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach?  The same goes for printing menus…

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I really like these neutral tones, so pretty with a simple tree image.  This client ordered matching table cards to direct guests to their seats, very cute!

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Today I’m processing plates and cutting paper in between ink colors…

PS:  Someone pointed out that this images are confusing…  Top photos is an exposed polymer plate, bottom is the negative that I use to expose.  :)

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