The snow we had last week postponed our last letterpress class a week. We finished up last night and I worked like a maniac to print as many things as I could. The other people in class were focused on some specific projects. I apparently had a volume goal so I printed note cards for just about everyone! On a price per card basis this class was a bargain. I printed over 80 cards of 2 designs for Chris and his hunting buddies. I printed about 40 cards of 3 designs for myself and another 62 for family and friends......not that I'm the type to keep count.
Here are the last cards that I printed. Mostly I just enjoyed playing with the different types.
For my Mom. I was very pleased with myself for finding that little vine that looks like it's coming off the "y". I thought about doing a larger type and doing a monogram instead but them I remembered that Mom's initials don't work for monograming. If you do a traditional monogram with the last name in the middle is spells "GOD". Just using the first and last spells "GO". This was a better choice.
Ashley is my nephew's girlfriend/partner/probably-soon-to-be-fiancé. I showed James' cards 2 weeks ago. This is a fun type but I wish I hadn't picked purple ink for Ashley's. I think it's a little dark. White ink might have looked better. The "Thank You" cards were my last project for the night because I had some time left.
I set up my press to do two cards at a time so I printed Ashley's and Denise's cards together and Laura's cards with the thank you cards. I love this type. Denise is my friend who live in LA. We met when my company bought her company and I worked out there for several months on the merger. We shared a lot of drinks during that time! Laura is my friend from England and she's coming to visit in a couple of weeks. Her favorite color is blue so I had to change ink for her cards. I love the little doohickey that I found to add to the end of the name.
Of course I had to try printing on fabric. One day while looking for something else I found this stamp and now I have a start on my 2015 Christmas cards!
The letterpress class was a lot of fun and I learned some things that will help me with some of the things I do here to print on fabric. A couple of my friends are taking the next class but I think I'm done. I have to wear a respirator the whole time I'm in class because of the ink and solvent fumes. It's just too uncomfortable to do more of this. I did stop by the pottery room and picked up more materials for my mosaic wall and arranged to come buy every few weeks to pick up the trash.
If you are in Richmond and looking for art classes I highly recommend Visual Arts Center. The facility is great, the equipment is professional and the teachers professionals in their fields. Many are also in the VCU faculty so you know that they know their stuff. I'm considering taking some fused glass classes next so I can learn everything I'm doing wrong.