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Letterpress Printing

Broadsides * Chap books * Limited Editions * Cards * Postcards


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Printing on the Vandercook Press

One Liners & Catchy Phrases    Short Intro to Letterpress  
Provide me with a one word, a one liner or catchy phrase you'd like to print. I'll have it set and ready to run on a press.  We'll spend some time discussing the basis of setting the type, inking the press and the rest of the time printing.  Perfect short introduction to learning how to create unique greeting cards or small broadsides.  Print multiple copies to give to family, and friends.    4 hours  $7 materials   Fun to do with a friend or two!

Letterpress Printed Cards Samples

Letterpress & Block Printing














Writer couple printing 'Save the Date' announcements

Poets Printing Progress - she is on her own now!




lend me your words...

Letterpress Printing

of your prose or poetry

Let's talk! 

Perhaps I can assist you by getting the text set and ready to run on the press, or you may order a plate made. I will demonstrate and be available to assist as you print your piece. You supply the paper. Many varied possibilities . . . 

Suminagashi, Bookmaking & Letterpress sample

Haiku by Jerry McGinley

New convert?

Brunello - hot off the press





















Letterpress Printed Cards

Letterpress Printed Card on Handmade Paper

Letterpress Printed Cards

Personalize Your Greeting Cards 
Send unique letterpress printed greeting cards this year. Spend an afternoon creating beautiful letterpress cards. The presses will be ready to roll with generic greetings and old printers blocks (as shown in the photos) to produce an assortment of individualized letterpress printed cards. You will go home with several unique cards that you can proudly say you printed. Choose from several designs and papers.  A variety of unique or individualized paper choices will be available for purchase or bring your own. (Recommendations on supply list)  3 - 4 hours $7 materials


Letterpress Printed Card on Handmade Paper

Letterpress Holiday Images

Letterpress Cards Supply List








Perfect Union: Linoleum & Letterpress Printing ! 

Linoleum Block prints paired with Letterpress Type - it's a natural combination. Print yours as a broadside or create a personal seasonal or holiday card. Incorporate a personal greeting, caption or poem with a unique linoleum block printed design or image you have carved.  May be printed as a postcard, folded greeting card or as a broadside (single sheet image & text, think Wanted Posters)   Two 4 hour sessions  $15 materials 


Monotype, Relief & Letterpress Printing



















Composing or setting type

working the press

Introduction to Letterpress Printing

Learning the full process . . .

Using cast metal letterforms or large carved wood letters (type), you will handset a short quote, poem or personal greeting from the assortment of Whispering Woodlands fonts or typestyles. Type is set or placed in order, upside down and backwards. Challenging at first to say the least.  Print multiple copies to share with family and friends. There are also stock images, wingdings, etc. that can be used to enhance your piece. Think of this as pre rubberstamping, used in production printing before the typewriter or computer.  Discover the history behind the printing press, used as both a workhorse and an art form.  Students will be responsible for purchasing papers for proofing and printing, based on individual preferences.   Four 3 hour sessions  $15 materials fee 

Vandercook Press, ready to roll. . .

Letterpress printed broadside















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