Tuesday, 21 August 2012

NEW! Letterpress Spring Time Gift Tags

Spring is in the air at The Little Paper House Press!

Check out our new range of letterpress gift tags in our signature pattern.
Printed on premium grade Lettra Crane cotton paper, and inspired by the
change of seasons, our first range of gift tags come in packs of six or individually.

Avaliable online here and here or at Blackbird Corner in Newcastle :)

Spring Time Gift Tags. $2.50 each or $12 for a pk of six. By The Little Paper House Press.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Letterpress with an Adana table top press

Starting out with an Adana table top press may not seem like the most appropriate letterpress machine for a greeting card business. They are simple, and small, therefore limiting the size of the graphics you can print. They rely on the strength and stamina of the operator to push down on a leaver to print, making a print run in the hundreds challenging work! And, regardless of the strength of the operator, achieving a deep impression on one of these machines can be a little bit tricky.

Given these restrictions, I imagine most people would disregard this type of press and head straight for the 1 tonne cast iron beast that can do it all. I know I felt this way, but to have disregarded this press, especially when new to letterpress printing, would have been a mistake. As with most things that come in small packages, there is so much more than meets the eye!

From the very first moment we used our table top press, I can honestly say that it has been a truly humbling and rewarding experience for our greeting card business. Print runs have been trouble free, happy and productive, none of which I was expecting after all the research I had done online. This has allowed me to carry on designing cards and growing our range, whilst learning the craft of letterpress but without any of the problems or expenses. Our machine's not temperamental, its easy and quick to clean, it's not cumbersome, cheap to run, spare parts and equipment required are so very few, it's cute, but most importantly - it prints beautifully! And with the right 'type' of artwork (fine lines) we do achieve quite a nice impression! We use an aluminium base, plastic-backed plates, and rubber based inks - all a breeze to work with.

At first I was obsessed with the 'deep impression' aspect but since using my table top I've realised that there is so much more to letterpress as a craft than this feature. And although a deep impression is beautiful, and it is what attracts people to letterpress goods, it isn't the most important aspect for me right now. The 'kiss effect' is equally as beautiful.

I'm sure that in the future we will eventually invest in something like a C&P but for the time being nothing would suit The Little Paper House Press more than our Adana table top. For now we are happy refining our own method of mixing inks and colour matching, experimenting with different papers, grades and number of colours, and focusing on new designs and illustrations, whilst balancing all the other aspects of running a small business, like keeping on top of our broadcasting via social media, finding new stockists, and staying on top of all the paper work involved. :)

Adana 5x3 table top press.

The Little Paper House Press gift tags.

The Little Paper House Press gift tags drying. Images property of LPHP.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Flea Markets treasuers

I dropped into the flea market at the Sydney Growers Markets yesterday.
I love this flea market because it’s one of the only true flea markets around. It super, super cheap! They mostly sell second hand clothes, toys, shoes, and general house hold items. There is nothing fancy about this market - Stall holders set up shop under a cold, concrete car parking station, where most items are laid out on the floor. I think most of the stuff being sold is salvaged off the streets before a council clean up. Regardless, I love to wander round, looking at the boxes and boxes of old tools, glassware and crockery. It’s mostly odd bits of vintage plates, vases, cups and saucers but in quite good condition!

Yesterday I picked up this A4 drawing of a tall ship for my son. It cost me $2 AUD after a litlle haggling :)

All images copyright The Little Paper House Press 2012

Colossal Clean Up

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