Wednesday, 14 December 2011

The Good News Week

My planets must be aligned; I have such good news to report.
Firstly, our website just sneaked into 2011 and finally opened!
Hooray! Such joy! Thought it would never happen and then BAM! Just like that here it is!

Also, this week we were very happy to process an order from Little Ray Workshop, in Beachport South Australia. Little Ray Workshop is the first independant retailer to embrace our product and stock our cards, so it’s a huge thanks to Rachel.

And last of all, this week I headed down to The Cancer Council NSW and set up shop over the lunch hour. It was a huge success. Our Christmas range of letterpress cards and gift tags are now virtually all sold out and we were also able to make a nice donation to The Cancer Council from our sales. Double happiness :))

These are huge mile stones for our little business, and they would not have been reached without the support and encouragement from family and friends. They are the first ones to buy my stuff, and motivate me when the clouds are grey, and for that I sincerely love you, and thank you - you have given me all I could ever want for Christmas.

More good news soon I hope :) home page. Dec 2011
Little Ray Workshop, Tunic tops, pinafores & skirts made by milk monster
Little Ray Workshop, Beachport SA. Pics: Little Ray Workshop.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Letterpress Christmas Beetle cards & gift tags

Christmas is never quite Christmas to me without the buzz of some Christmas beetle that can't get off its back, the itch of a mozzie bite in some really annoying place like my toe, my skin peeling away from too much sun, singing cicadas, the smell of smouldering bush fires, sunny days with a radiant blue sky or my mum in the kitchen cooking up a storm with my aunties.

Our first line of Christmas cards & gift tags are a tribute to our wonderful Australian Christmases, that couldn't be any more different to the ones you hear about in all the Christmas carols. They are also inspired from my childhood Christmases spent up the North coast of NSW with my parents, sisters, aunties, uncles and cousins.

Anoplognathus Pallidicollis or The Australian Christmas Beetle card and gifts tags have been letterpress printed using a cylinder press, on luxurious handcrafted Italian cotton papers, using photo polymer plates and one hand mixed ink. 

The cards measure 100x100mm (folded) and come with a Kraft brown envelope in a clear cello sleeve. The gift tags come in packs of six, with linen string in the top right hand corner and measure 50x85mm.

You can purchase them exclusively at The Little Paper House Press Online Store.

Buzzzz, its Christmas time :)

The Little Paper House Press Christmas Card & Gift Tag Range 2011.

Six Pack of Christmas gift tags by The Little Paper House Press

The Australian Christmas Beetle gift tags. 85x50mm with linen string.

The Australian Christmas Beetle card. 100X100mm with Kraft envelope.

Christmas Beetle greeting card detail by The Little Paper House Press.

All pictuers property of The Little Paper House Press

Monday, 5 December 2011

Ikea Press

Who needs to spend heaps of money on wood block type when you can use Ikea flat packed items!

Lorenzo Bravi has letterpress printed an alphabet, posters, postcards and prints using the pieces of a flat packed wooden Ikea train set as a substitute for traditional wood block type with excellent results.

This work is currently showcased in an exhibition called Ikea Press until 8th Dec 2011, Milan.

Such clever people on our planet :)

All pixs by Lorenzo Bravi.

Found via junkculture

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Letterpress workshop with Lawrence Finn

Last Friday I went along to a letterpress workshop run by Lawrence Finn.

Lawrence is a printer and artist based in Sydney. The National Gallery ofAustralia, the State Gallery of NSW as well as a few private collectors are lucky enough to have some of his beautiful work. I was lucky enough to have his company, as well as his Asbern’s, time for a day.

We focused mostly on printing with photopolymer plates, as that was what I needed help with but we also did a bit of wood type printing on my Adana. Lawrence was kind enough to have a good look at my Adana, and give me some cost saving printing tips. He also threw in a few bits of lead, some tympan paper and a stack of supplier contacts.

Lawrence is such an interesting person that it was hard to stop talking to him about all sorts of things, especially over the delish lunch that his wife kindly put together.

I came away feeling extremely happy and thrilled to have my first letterpress print run under my arm. When I got home I took Lawrence’s advice and I framed the first print, so that in future I can look back at it and see how far I have come. :)

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Open for Biz!

We opened our on-line store earlier this week.

It’s a very humble little shop with only a few cards available at the moment, but from little things big things grow. These cards are not yet letterpress printed but we have decided to get out there with what we have and how we have it. With a few more dollars all our cards will be letterpress printed eventually, so do come back often as we hope to have our letterpress stock on sale in early 2012.

In the meantime you should know that we are offering

We hope you enjoy visiting our store and we hope that our cards inspire you to write to someone you love :)

My Parasol, blank card 84 x 130mm with Kraft Brown envelope.

Little Man, blank card 84 x 130mm with Kraft Brown envelope.

The Red Tea Pot, blank card 84 x 130mm with Kraft Brown envelope.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Blueberry letterpress card

I love blueberries but I couldn't find a nice letterpress blueberry card...
So I got to work and here is a sneak preview. These haven't been letterpress printed yet,
but I wanted to share them with you.

Feeling Blue, 84 x 84mm blank card by The Little Paper House Press.

Feeling Blue, 84 x 84mm blank card by The Little Paper House Press.

Feeling Blue, a two colour letterpress greeting card for a friend when they are feeling blue,
for granny on her birthday, or perfect on a foodie gift such as hampers, tea cakes,
or cupcakes, especially if they contain blueberries!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

I've got the blues

I brought the biggest, sweetest and freshest blueberries at The SydneyProduce Markets in Flemington yesterday. Grown by Mountain Blue Orchids, in the Northern NSW, a family owned and operated farm since 1975. The farm hand picks all their blueberries employing local farm hands to ensure consistency in quality. They also cultivate blueberry varieties for nurseries and local gardeners and grow up to a million blueberry plants a year. Mountain Blue Orchids also claims to be a leader in blueberry breeding programs and is actively involved in the development of the many blueberry varieties grown all over the world today.

I love blueberries. Sur Bourke Espresso Bar, in East Sydney has the best blueberry and ricotta muffins (which I indulged in yesterday), Donna Hay also has a delicious blueberry cake that I have eaten but have yet to make! But I couldn’t find anyone making a blueberry letterpress greeting card! I'll have to correct this atrocity - STAY TUNED! :)

Thursday, 3 November 2011

White Xmas

Pict by Elum

Elum, the clever cookies have added to their custom designs a wood veneer letterpress xmas card with matching wood veneer envelope. I think the white ink looks really nice and festive on the wood, although I don't think you'll get much of a deep impression on this stock ;)

Meanwhile... Moontree Letterpress continues to inspire me with their wonderful work.
These are the most original xmas cards I've seen so far. In packs of ten A6 cards (6.25 x 4.5"), they are printed in 2-color inks, and come with matching blank envelopes.Wonderfully Illustrated by Cassidy Iwersen, makes me wish for a white Xmas, if you have ever been to NYC you'll understand why. :)

 Picts by Moontree Letterpress.

Sunday, 30 October 2011


My trusty little helper and I carved a spooky face into a pumpkin yesterday.
We don't celebrate halloween, but we have enjoyed having pumpkin face around. :)

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Daylight Savings

More daylight hours, more sunshine, and more fun in the garden.
I love this time of year :)

Friday, 7 October 2011

Hot off the press!

One of the hottest letterpress print workshops round has teamed up with one of the coolest publishers round! Studio On Fire: Iron Beasts Make Great Beauty, published by Gestalten, out 24th October 2011, is a hardback book showcasing self published and commissioned works by Studio On Fire!

Can't wait to get my copy! 144 colour pages of clever design solutions, attention to detail, and master letterpress printing craftsmanship :)

Speaking of which, check out Studio on Fire's 2012 calendars, on sale now for the super organised! This year's theme is based on type and lettering and is called, "Letter Form Genus".  Letterer, illustrator and designer Jessica Hische, is just one of this year's ultra-talented contributors.

So many goodies to look forward too!
Have a tops weekend :)

Studio On Fire. Iron Beasts Make Great Beauty.
Published by Gestalten. Images: Gestalten.

Friday, 23 September 2011

It's Party Time!

I've been busy designing my son's 4th birthday party invitations today.
I'm pretty happy with the result, just wish I could have letterpress printed them,
but somehow I don't think 4 year olds would have appreciated them...
Oh well, I might just have to wait for the 18th or 21st.

Have a wonderful weekend :)

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Magpie Press

These letterpress prints have been around for a little while now, but I thought they deserved a mention here at The Little Paper House Press blog as they are beautifully printed, wonderfully illustrated and to my eyes so very inspiring.

Magpie Press based in Auckland New Zealand printed the cards below for the very talented Bec Wheeler.

How You Began (If You Where A Mountain) is a series of 5 cards (115mm x 75mm), with envelope, and they illustrate a love story between a hill and a mountain.  Bec Wheeler says that she gets a lot of the inspiration for her art work from the textures and patterns that surround her natural environment in New Zealand, making letterpress, with its tactile nature, the perfect printing solution for these cards!

Magpie Press don't disclose the paper stock, type of plates or inks used, but who cares!
They are beautiful, and go a long way in spreading the letterpress love around :)

How You Began (If You Were A Mountain).
Cards 1 – 5 illustrated by Bec Wheeler.
Printed by Magpie Press, Auckland NZ. Photos B.Wheeler.

Monday, 12 September 2011

The Words Range

Happy Days, Pardon Me, Goodness Gracious, Oh Dear & Hello Sunshine.
The Words Range by The Little Paper House Press

The Words Range, for any occasion or no occasion.
Coming soon to our on-line store :)

Friday, 9 September 2011

Spring Sunset

Spring sunset over Sydney. Looks like autunm, feels like autunm; cold & icy.

Happy Friday :)

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Anamiro Greeting Cards

I think bookstores have such a great selection of greeting cards.
In fact most of the cards I buy are from bookstores.

Yesterday I purchased this card from Berkelouw.

Parachute gift card by Anamiro.

It's not a letterpress card; it looks screen printed, and is by the Aussie duo Anamiro.
They have had a lot of press including Paper Runway, Frankie and a bunch of blogs, dating as far back as 2008! Sometimes I think I must be living under a rock! 

This particular range of cards are like little pieces of art!  (See the whole range here.)

Which made me wonder....
I wonder if Anamiro would be interested in working with us in the future to design a one-off letterpress greeting card... Its an idea I have had rolling about in my head for a while; Collaborate with 4 designers/illustrators per year - They design, I letterpress print the card. At the end of the year we collate the art work and produce a calendar showcasing these little works of art and exposing the talented people behind them.

mmm...  :)

Friday, 26 August 2011

Saling the old fashioned way

Typeset by hand. Antique letterpress printing on recycled paper.

I picked up this card from the Ampersand Cafe and Bookstore last night.
It’s a letterpress card of a sailor in one colour by Saturn Press.
The printing isn’t perfectly even, and the impression isn’t very deep, but I find it just beautiful. I have kept it with me all day, and even though I think it would make a beautiful father’s day card for my dad, I can’t bear to part with it... sorry dad.
After some research on the internet I found out that Saturn Press started out in 1986 during a time when virtually every American printer was discarding or melting down old letterpress machines. Against everyone’s well-intentioned advice, Jane Goodrich (designer) and James van Pernis (printer) went against the tide and set up shop in Maine producing letterpress products. The most interesting thing about their work is, that still today, they only use traditional practices and skills to crate their products – “no Photoshop, computers or internet plastic surgery” in this workshop!
In keeping with this philosophy, Saturn Press doesn’t have a web site but you can check out all their beautiful cards  here.
Together Jane and James (with the help of one other person to help process orders) print and design a million cards per year! Truly inspiring to people like me who are only just starting out..
I knew there was something special about this card and I wonder if this is why I have kept this card with me all day...

Sunday, 21 August 2011

5 things I enjoyed about my day...

1. David Met Nicole.
I've been meaning to get down to this store for ages and when I found out  they have vintage letterpress letters for sale, I finally found a good reason to stop in. Its quite tiny inside and jammed packed with mostly used items that David and Nicole pick up on travels to America and the U.K. They have quite an impressive number of vintage wood block letters. I walked away with two letters even though it wasn't exactly what I was looking for, and at around $12 AUD per letter I was kinda glad. I also brought a beautiful vintage birthday card for $8, expensive, but  I just love how cards from this previous era come with a lovely message inside as well as a little illustration or detail from the front of the card. I just had to have it!

David Met Nicole, Cleveland Street Surry Hills.

Small Letterpress vintage wood block letter. $12.50 AUD

Detail of a vintage card I brought. $8.00 AUD, Ouch!

2. Follow Store
I think this is my new most favourite store!
Follow Store is owned by the duo behind Finders Keepers Markets and are located opposite David Met Nicole (where Bird Textiles use to be) in Surry Hills. Its therefore no surprise to find that they stock the wonderful letterpress work by Bespoke Press, in a shop interior reminiscent of old department stores. Actually the interior is the original 1898 fit out from what use to be a pharmacy. According to the nice lady behind the counter at David Met Nicole, Follow Store only opened a couple of weeks ago.

Pixs: Follow Store

3. Paper 2
Love a paper shop (of course!)
Telegram 90 cents. No sure who makes it, but its beautiful.

4. Afternoon Treat
All that shopping requires a re-charge. Caffe Sicilia on Crown St was also one of those places I had been wanting to go to for ages. I had a cup of tea with the cake of the day, $9, expensive but delicious!

5. A brush with fame
Tobey Maguire, AKA Spider-Man walked right past my right shoulder!
His my height! Love it!

Hope you too enjoyed your Sunday :)

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