12 Days of Christmas CARDS | offthebeatenpress.com

Technically, I started these Christmas cards last year in December. In a work meeting, I began some doodling in pencil of the 12 Days of Christmas. I brought it home later that night and started playing with spacing and ink. Here are the results of that doodle session. Fast forward to OCTOBER of this year

Student Work: Holiday Cards | offthebeatenpress.com

Every year I teach a holiday card workshop. It’s one of my favorite classes because we have a huge variety of Christmas themed vintage cuts at the studio and I get to pull them out to play with. I also tend to hold the workshop on marathon day, so when we are working inside nice

Letterpress: Vintage Hot Air Balloon Cards

When I went to London earlier this year, we wandered through a flea market filled with antiques. We came across a seller who had a ton of letterpress cuts! I sorted through hundreds before deciding on the final one I was going to buy. Here is the stall I sifted through: I ended up with

Student Work: Summer 2017 | offthebeatenpress.com

Wow. This past session’s students rocked my world. Every week these guys came in and had their type set up and were ready to rock. Normally, I get a variety of students – some with one little goal, some who just want a night off and some who are ON A MISSION to learn. In

A Person's a Person No Matter How Small | offthebeatenpress.com

When I was in high school we performed the play Suessical the Musical. Somewhere in my house I actually have a DVD of me all dressed up like a WHO running around madly on stage. Ever since, quotes from Dr. Suess’s “Horton Hears a Who” have stuck with me – this one in particular. I

Me and You | offthebeatenpress.com

Every year I make a new set of Valentine’s day cards. I tend to lead a First Friday workshop at the art center where I teach and it’s always a perfect project to do with a new group of students. This year, I tried a few different things before settling on this lock up. It

From the desk of... | offthebeatenpress.com

For Christmas last year, I made a few of these notecards for my friends. They would look great with grey or white envelopes or maybe some sunny yellow ones. I letterpressed the top of the cards with grey ink and still have that piece locked up for future use. When I finished, I lettered the

Make Brilliant Mistakes | offthebeatenpress.com

I love this phrase. I have been reading a lot about how mistakes are part of the process and have been trying more and more to share those things with others to grow from them. I got to print these at home on my C&P machine in the kitchen. It was a relaxing Friday night.

Make No Little Plans | offthebeatenpress.com

My company allows us to take one day off a quarter as an inspiration day! This is a super generous perk that might be one of my favorite things about my job. This quarter, I didn’t have much going on, so I went to the studio to print some old type I had set. One

Autumn is a second spring | offthebeatenpress.com

Last friday was another letterpress sampler at the Visual Art Center. It might still be warm outside, but I thought this quote would be great for the season. I am getting better at locking things up so this one when really quick. I have some printed on thick stock paper and a few on thinner