Pleased to announce that Mink Letterpress is featured in the current issue of Country Living Magazine as a part of the Pitch Your Product special! Over a year ago, we went down to Atlanta to introduce Mink Letterpress to some Country Living editors, along with a bunch of other talented craftspeople and entrepreneurs. Out of the hundreds of applicants, we were chosen as one of the winners for our recipe cards and recipe box monogramming service!
I’m very excited share my 2013 calendar!
Each month features a different wild bird egg. Each little flat drawing from my sketchbook comes to life with letterpress – the color, texture, and impression gained in the printing process adds so much. Each is a two color print – one plate for the color and texture, and one for the details and shape. I had fun playing with the inking and packing in the first ink run. For a couple of the eggs I punched little holes in the packing or crumpled sheets of paper under the tympan to add a variegated appearance to the egg’s surface. I then printed a dark brown run on top of each color with each egg’s spots and streaks, and cross hatching or stippling to describe the egg’s shape. I love how well the hand-drawn quality is maintained – photopolymer plates are pretty amazing!
Though I loved my 2012 Vintage Handkerchief calendar, I think I love this one even more. Last year, the plates were so large and pricey that I had to sell them at a higher price point than I wanted to, and it was difficult to have any real control over the big plates on my press. Since this is a small calendar (4×6) I printed all 12 months individually as opposed to last year’s six prints.
So much of my work is collaborative – working with brides or other clients to achieve a finished product. I love that process and it’s so much fun working with others to create something. But every once in a while it’s so gratifying to make something that feels all my own. From the drawing, to the layouts, to the color choices and prints – these are my vision, printed for you! They’re available in my etsy shop for $28.
Alex is working on a video of the process of making these from beginning to end. Will be posting that soon!
Alex dreamed up a little holiday sweater card for this year’s season, check it out!
They’re available in three different colors of paper, white, green and grey, and various ink colors. For sale on etsy.