Printed 2UP on a foot-pedal-powered 100 year old press by the amazing Letterpress PDX.

Printed 2UP on a foot-pedal-powered 100 year old press by the amazing Letterpress PDX.

A FEW YEARS BACK —

I signed up for a Letterpress Class at the Pratt Art School in Seattle. — Upon seeing the 100 year old press it was love at first sight. I’m not surprised. My great grandfather brought the first printing press to Wyoming, on display at the museum in Douglas. (He wrote a newspaper that was mailed around the globe about his musings on the world called “The Sagebrush Philosopher”. I always admired his writing style and observations.) So of course, I had to go the extra mile and have my business cards printed on a LP press in Portland.

I’m currently exploring the very freeing and highly organic process of using a traditional roller press (mine is a tabletop version) at home after studying print making in the Pratt’s studio in the CD. You can roll through all sorts of paraphernalia. My favorite so far to work with is string. Mixing my own paint colors was also a dream come true. Soon enough I started bringing my PMS books to classes trying to approximate colors like a mixologist makes a cocktail. While in New Mexico last year, a friend gifted me a set of raw rock powder pigments saved in vials that when mixed with white acrylic paint become colors inspirational of desert landscapes. How cool, huh?