$1 Sale and South Pas Arts Crawl

October 17th, 2014

vintage printing press demo
Special for the South Pasadena Arts Crawl—selected screenprints and marbled fair trade papers just $1 each. Sat night only, Oct 18, 5-9pm. 1401 Mission St #103 (across from the pumpkin patch on Fremont).
Get your Gutenberg on! We’ll have the 140-year-old antique letterpress up and running. Try your hand at old time printing.
If you can’t make it shop online. 25% off fair trade marble paper. Enter coupon code OCT25 in the shopping cart until Oct 31, 2014

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DIY Marble Paper Flowers

May 15th, 2014
Marble paper flowers in Central Park

Marble paper flowers in Central Park

Just a few days before the National Stationery Show and I’m in New York. Sitting on a Central Park bench avoiding the misty rain and enjoying the locals while cutting out marble paper flowers is a nice way to pass the afternoon. Download the Paper Flower PDF template and create your own paper garden.  Below are my iphone photos shot from the park bench. I hope they are clear enough.

Supplies needed: marble paper, PDF template, double-sided tape, scissors and bamboo skewers.

Supplies needed: marble paper, PDF template, double-sided tape, scissors and bamboo skewers.

Start with the flower's center. Before snipping, curl the edges around a bamboo skewer (small flowers) or pencil (large flowers).

Start with the flower’s center. Before snipping, curl the edges around a bamboo skewer (small flowers) or pencil (large flowers).

After snipping the edges, add double-stick tape and wind around the skewer. For large flowers use a floral stake instead of a skewer.

After snipping the edges, add double-stick tape and wind around the skewer. For large flowers use a floral stake instead of a skewer.

There is a long slit on the flower from the edge to the center. Use double-stick tape along the slit to attach and create a slight conical shape. Bend up every other petal.

There is a long slit on the flower from the edge to the center. Use double-stick tape along the slit to attach and create a slight conical shape. Bend up every other petal.

Slide the flower on over the yellow center.

Cut a small hole in the center and slide the flower on over the yellow center.

Cut some "teeth" in the center of the leaf piece. This will help hold it on place.

Cut some “teeth” in the center of the leaf piece. This will help hold it on place.

Slide on the leaf piece.

Slide on the leaf piece.

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NSS 2014—New Location, New Name

May 12th, 2014

Missive Press trading card. Can’t wait to see the other twelve!

I can’t believe it’s time for the National Stationery Show again! This is year eight for De Milo at NSS and it seemed time to move the display to new digs. Not in aisle 2000 this year, look for her with the thirteen great letterpress printers in the “Ladies of Letterpress” joint booth #2462-67 under the “Sustain & Heal” sign. I’m so happy the ladies agreed to print our joint giveaway trading card set on Sustain & Heal Jute Letterpress paper. I’m looking forward to seeing all of our work together. I spied this one the other day from Missive Press.

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No Power, No Problem

March 18th, 2014

Letterpress business cards, Crane Lettra

Normally this is a blog for projects and events related to Sustain & Heal fair trade papers.  This one is not printed on S&H paper. But earlier this month the studio lost power for a day while we welcomed the first, and probably only, rainstorm of the season. Using old fashioned elbow grease to get the job done is in keeping with Sustain & Heal’s eco friendly ideals. The C&P was built in 1895 with no need for electrical power. As long as daylight persisted I could continue to foot pump the press. Local artist Katrina Alexy’s cards got done on time, even without electricity.

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South Pas Arts Crawl Sat March 8—50% off Marble paper

March 8th, 2014

The South Pas Arts Crawl is always a fun night on the town. This time I’ll be cranking up the old press and printing business cards for local winemaker Cindy Wenzlau of Wenzlau Vineyard. The talented young fingers Pascale Music Institute will serenade us while you shop for marble paper at 50% off. Show samples will be 70% off!  Come join the fun on Saturday, March 8, 6-9pm, 1401 Mission St. #103 (facing Fremont across from vacant lot).

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Where is Banksy when I need him?

March 1st, 2014

I suppose it’s a rite of passage for urban business owners—come in the morning to find the place under spray paint. He or she used my favorite color, but SO lacking in creativity. I wish this artist had more Banksy-like sensibilities.

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Easy Birthday Postcards

February 6th, 2014

Letterpress birthday postcards with postage includedInstead of traditional birthday cards Grandma had me print some postcards for her plethora of progeny. It’s a great idea. Simpler than a birthday card. More special than a text message. So I ran a few extra for the rest of us. Sold in packs of ten for $12, these come with pre-affixed postage for easy birthday mailing. But you have to address it yourself…

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Christmas Pop Up Card

December 12th, 2013

After weeks of working out the best way to produce this cute little Christmas chick he’s finally ready fly. Gilded gold edges and pop up wings (made of fair trade marble paper) make this card/ornament extra special. Wings collapse flat and can be mailed in the included matching envelope. Click here for more information.

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Happy Thanksgivukkah

November 18th, 2013

Did you know that Thanksgiving and the second day of Hanukkah are both on November 28th this year? I didn’t know it when I posted the new Thanksgiving cards last week. Quite a number of my Jewish customers have exclaimed over this design that it’s the most beautiful Hanukkah card they’ve ever seen. High praise for a gentile. Also high praise for the elephants who helped make the paper.

Letterpress Hanukkah Card: $6 each or 3 for $15. Free USPS shipping.


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New Grateful Cards—Free Shipping

November 14th, 2013

Fresh from the press are these new Thanksgiving cards. The quiet rhythm of manually operating the Chandler & Price press provided a soothing contemplative experience as I thought about the unique features of my life for which I’m grateful.

  • That home is west of the studio so each evening I travel toward a pink and gold sunset at the end of Mission Street.
  • That I am healthy enough to improve my health.
  • That I know the words to many old-timey hymns by memory and those phrases pop into my head with welcome frequency. This was the soundtrack for one of my dreams recently:  Oh what peace we often forfeit, Oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

I am also grateful for the women who work hard to make this paper. They work in spite of many challenges. I am thankful for the guidelines of fair trade that make it possible for them to earn a living. And for the beauty their paper brings to my studio.

Grateful Cards: $4.50 each. Free USPS shipping for single cards ordered here. Or click here for bulk orders.

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