Letterpress – DIY Holiday Cards Class
Saturday, November 10, 10:30-4pm
Instructor: Carolyn Sweeney
Make your own holiday cards this year! A handmade card is always special, but the crisp imprint that the letterpress process creates has a unique character. Plus, once you’ve hand set your design it’s easy to produce many cards. Letterpress guru Carolyn Sweeney loves teaching others how to use her 2500-pound, vintage printing press. This introductory class is like her introductory class on using metal type, but the focus here is on making cards. You’ll use metal type and printers’ ornaments, which are decorative accents, to design your cards. Carolyn has 30 fonts and hundreds of printers’ ornaments from which to choose. She’ll teach you how to set old-fashioned metal type by hand and how to “makeready” the press for a clear impression. Then It’s production time! You’ll leave class with a basic understanding of metal typesetting and letterpress printing as well as with a stack of 25 to 30 unique, personalized cards. The class is held at the instructor’s studio near Chautauqua in Boulder. The address will be emailed to registered students a few days before class. There is a short lunch break.
Please bring the following materials:
- Apron/work clothes
- Bag lunch and water bottle
Carolyn Sweeney is the owner, designer, and print artist behind Black Dog Press, a local letterpress printing company. When she isn't printing wedding invitations, stationery, and greeting cards, she's an enthusiastic, part time staff member of Two Hands Paperie. With an educational background in Fine Arts and Architecture, Carolyn finds pleasure in tiny and exacting creative endeavors, such as setting type to use in a 100-year-old letter press machine or creating miniature worlds in old candy tins. Check out http://www.blackdogpressonline.com and @black_dog_press