Letterpress Now: A DIY Guide to New & Old Printing Methods

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At last--a contemporary how-to reference on letterpress, a traditional craft that's experiencing a huge resurgence! Not only does Letterpress Now explain how to use a variety of presses, it also covers an amazing range of techniques, all with step-by-step photos: setting metal and wood type, lino/relief block prints, photopolymer plates, die-cuts, and more. About twenty eye-catching projects, from cards and calendars to masks, posters, and business cards--plus features on some of the best letterpress artists...
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Overview

At last--a contemporary how-to reference on letterpress, a traditional craft that's experiencing a huge resurgence! Not only does Letterpress Now explain how to use a variety of presses, it also covers an amazing range of techniques, all with step-by-step photos: setting metal and wood type, lino/relief block prints, photopolymer plates, die-cuts, and more. About twenty eye-catching projects, from cards and calendars to masks, posters, and business cards--plus features on some of the best letterpress artists and community print shops--make this guide indispensable.
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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Letterpress Now:
 
“I wish that I had such helpful, practical guidance back when I got started. Letterpress Now is a terrific companion to help you get ink onto paper (and have fun in the process).” —Harold Kyle, Co-owner of Boxcar Press and Co-founder of Letterpress Commons
 
“A much-needed instructional tool for enthusiasts of letterpress. And in the 21st century! Who woulda thought....” —Jim Sherraden, Manager, Hatch Show Print
 
"I have to say I haven't been more excited about a book in a while...Letterpress Now: A DIY Guide to New & Old Printing Methods by Jessica C. White is really something special...I absolutely LOVE this book as it basically explains everything you wanted to know or maybe even didn't know you wanted to know about letterpress, from deciding on what type would be good for what you need, purchasing one, all the equipment (safety and otherwise) needed to run one and then a heap of awesome projects to make or be inspired by." —Poppytalk
 
“A thorough guide that would be perfect in the hands of letterpress newcomers, educators, and professionals alike...Jam-packed with information, yet remains concise and well written. It includes plenty of pictures and other visual aids as well, making all the letterpress jargon a bit more digestible...A successful guide to letterpress that is both easy to navigate and learn from.” —Printeresting

 

Library Journal
Most of us are familiar with letterpress printing from fancy wedding invitations or old books. In this guide, White, an experienced printmaker and book artist, gives DIYers a thorough introduction to this very old art. After an overview of equipment and techniques (including a useful section that helps novice printers select the best printer for their needs), the author presents a variety of projects designed to show everything that can be done with each of the sizes and styles of home presses. Brief interviews with letterpress artists are interspersed throughout the book, as are beautiful full-color illustrations of finished projects. VERDICT White's inspiring, in-depth introduction to the art of letterpress will appeal to a variety of visual artists, as well as papercrafters with an interest in taking their craft further.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454703297
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 388,185
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Jessica White is the owner of Heroes & Criminals Press, a print shop and bindery with a focus in fine press and book arts, letterpress printing, and bookbinding. She is the co-founder of the Ladies of Letterpress, a vibrant online community of approximately 1,500 members worldwide. Jessica and the Ladies of Letterpress group have received press coverage in the Wall Street Journal and on CNN.com. Jessica teaches letterpress classes at Asheville BookWorks and Warren Wilson College, and holds an MA and MFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa. She lives in Asheville, NC.
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