Okay, so here’s what I got up to from the letterpress workshop by Turnbull Grey I went along to on Tuesday. I was lucky enough to go to this the second time thanks to a very generous husband who bought be a voucher as one of my birthday gifts (thank you, thank you, thank you!!). If you can remember how excited I was from the first one, you can only imagine my sheer delight when I learnt I was going again!! To sum it up – I ABSOLUTELY love this workshop and everything about letterpress printing! It takes a lot of thought, time and patience to come up with beautiful prints using this traditional printing method (not to mention the need for some serious elbow grease!) which for some isn’t exactly their cup of tea but for me….it’s therapeutic! I get great joy from sketching out ideas to picking out the right wooden types to mixing up the paints and creating my final print on the press! There’s a lot hard graft to this method so you can see why it has become something from a bygone era where everything these days are taken up by digital methods for quick and convenient deliverance. That being said, there is a new-found love and respect for letterpress and many people still incorporate it into the present day printing industry like Turnbull Grey themselves. Personally, I think it adds such a beautiful depth and dimension to the final print – every piece marked with your labour of love – literally!
So, I had a few ideas in mind. With so many of my friends and family having babies this year, I decided i’d do something baby/child related so that I could present them as gifts. Having been to the workshop before, I was able to skip the induction and the Adana printing press and go straight onto the big proofing one which worked well because, me being me, opted for another challenging quote that consisted of 12 words (the last one I did had eight!) so I knew I had set myself a challenge in a limited time frame (three hours!). Even my husband advised that I go with a ‘Plan B’ should I find that ‘Plan A’ does become too time-consuming to put together. But I was determined to make it work (always love a challenge!) so went about picking out my wooden types for my favourite quote from Winnie the Pooh; “sometimes, it’s the littlest things that take up the most room in our hearts” – okay, so I tweaked it a bit so that it read ‘OUR’ instead of ‘YOUR’ and made ‘heart’ plural as I was directing it to both the parents. Anyway, here’s what took place:
So what do you think? Think i’m super pleased with how it turned out not to mention the pure satisfaction of actually accomplishing this challenging quote! (FYI – including all the banter, it took me 1.5hours to pick the types and set it all up!) There was a slight amendment in the first set up where after the test-run Angela and I realised that the gap in the middle of ‘MOST’ and ‘ROOM’ was far too wide so decided to add a star motif and then spaced it out accordingly which I think worked really well. I did this in both baby blue and baby pink! Super pleased about the prints and I do hope my recipients love it just as much as I do (especially as they now know that my heart, soul and SWEAT went behind it!!) :P I took some better photos (these ones above are off my iPhone so does it no justice!) of the prints, framed, when I got home so will post that shortly!
Thanks again to Chris and Angela for another fun-fuelled workshop! They do have dates up for September workshops so keep an eye out on their website for more details, or simply by following them on Facebook or Twitter. They are based in Clerkenwell so centrally located for us Londoners! :) So yea, if you like this kinda thing and simply want to try your hand at letterpress printing then go sign up!! It’s just a small group of three so you learn loads and plus get to meet so many other like-minded creative folk!! :) xx
[Image credit: Made by Molu]