Letterpress – DIY Valentines NEW!
Saturday, February 3, 10:30- 4:00 pm
Instructor: Carolyn Sweeney
Make your own valentine 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 class on using metal type, but the focus here is on making cards. You’ll use metal type and printers’ ornaments, that is, 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 in North 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:
- Painting clothes/apron
- Bag lunch and water bottle
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
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