This weekend I went to a letterpress workshop at Print For The Love Of Wood in Great Harwood with Kris from Shore Cottage Studio. I've always wanted to give it a go, and it was loads of fun!
We were shown how to hand set and lock up the type, how to mix the ink and press our own prints.
Here's Kris' design on the press ready to be inked up and printed.
and here's my first attempt, a sign to go on my studio door.
Minifelts.co.uk! The percent symbol proved particularly difficult, as it didn't exist in the sets of vintage type so we had to construct it from some zeros and a slanted line!
A great course that gets a thumbs up from me!
If you've been thinking of trying letterpress printing, I can highly recommend it. The course we did cost £100 for a full day 10am - 5pm. I'll definitely be trying out some more workshops in the future!