Artwork, cards, Graphic Design, Greeting Cards, Uncategorized

Letterpress Greeting Card

“You are Probably the Coolest Person I know”

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Fresh off the presses! Please enjoy   these fun Any Time Cards! Each card was made on an antique Letterpress Machine at the Buffalo  Book Arts Center in downtown Buffalo, NY! I personally set all of the type in one of their Letterpress Classes.

What an amazing time! These cards are a very limited edition available only in my Etsy Shop.

Fonts used are Cooper Black in several sizes. A unique very 1970’s looking glyph and  manicules  were used as well.  Black ink on white cardstock or  craft-colored stock.

 

Artwork, design, Typography

Letterpress Class at the Book Arts Center

I found a new favorite place in town: The Western New York Book Arts Center. They are a non-profit that focuses in sharing the age-old traditions of letterpress printing, screen printing, and other traditional printing methods. They also have bookbinding classes and oh so much more!

I signed up to take their Letterpress I class the other day.

Letterpress Class WNYBAC

Letterpress Class WNYBAC

Even their bathroom had some great artwork and typography! Check out this great print with all of the letters and glyphs for Morgans font.

Letterpress Class WNYBAC

Check out their lovely wooden type. Can you see the variations in the letters? The different wood types? Beautiful.

Letterpress Class WNYBAC

Above are some of their glyphs and symbols in lead type. These are for letterpress, and are made from lead. They are delicate and, apparently, can be dented if dropped…so you have to be very careful with them! Obviously they have an abundance of fonts in various shapes and sizes. But it is so overwhelming to see all of the parts and pieces that go into making a printed piece.

Letterpress Class WNYBAC

The even have many, many vintage books and supplies nestled comfortably on their shelves.

Graphic Design, Typography

Manicule: Pointing the Way

I know they say it’s impolite to point, but I couldn’t help myself!

Pink Toe Press Manicule Button

Now available at Pink Toe Press’ Etsy Shop are Manicule Buttons. Also called the Index, Pointing Hand, or Bishop’s Fist, these typographic symbols were very important in printing from the 12th century to the 18th century. In the 18th through the 20th century, they became more widely used in directional signage than in printed books. With increased popularity of the typewriter, they became less used as they were too wide for typewriter keys. Never out of favor, they are still popular today, especially among typography lovers. They are my favorite symbol after my beloved Ampersand.

Used in a similar fashion to bullets to bring attention to passages, these iconic symbols will catch everyone’s eye. These buttons are a great way to show your love of typography or to bring attention to yourself or a detail on your wardrobe. Made from antique woodblock and letterpress Manicule symbols. Available in 2-packs or 4-packs; Left or Right facing.