So you learn something new everyday, right? Where here comes a fun lesson, now with letterpress! “In maternity hospitals, most of Brazilian mothers give gifts to everyone who is visiting her and her baby. Usually the gift is a small souvenir, such as candies, fridge magnets or miniatures and is chosen by the mother before the baby is born. These souvenirs are the same for everyone and are given to the visitors in the hospital during the visit or in the end of it.” So for this clever Brazilian mom we designed and printed not only invitations for her celebration of the birth of her daughter party (how cute are those liners!) but also gifts for her to give out to everyone that visits her in the hospital (the large thank you notes, complete with envelopes and cute mushroom stickers) as well as thank you notes for the new baby gifts they will receive in return. Sounds like a pretty good tradition to me! (there was also some really cute light pink bakers twine involved, but I didn’t take a photo of it before it was shipped off, so just imagine it).
I am lucky enough to have some really talented friends, and getting to work with these friends has resulted in some of my favorite projects. Scott is a super talented tattoo artist and one of the owners of Blackheart tattoo in San Francisco, CA and I wanted to do something a little different for his cards this time around. He drew one of his famous roses and I set the type and letterpress printed them on thick 220# Crane’s Lettra paper that we had die-cut into 3″ rounds. They look super awesome in person, and the round shape is really eye catching. We also did a flat printed version, but I forgot to take a photo of them… but that’s ok, the letterpress printed ones are the best. I used a dark blue black for half the run, and a metallic bronze for the other half. It’s always nice to have options!
We were lucky enough to work with a client that owns a small company in New Zealand to create a logo, business card and hang tag for their lovely handmade goods. Both cards were letterpress printed on 220# Crane's Lettra and our client was kind enough to email us photos of them "in the wild". We printed the cards and tags using a very very light tint of gray, we love love blind (no ink) printing, but since the info needed to be easily legible we went with a slight tint to the ink. We also designed a separate rubber stamp so she could use her secondary logo to stamp the fabric bands around her hand made scarves and bags made from recycled cashmere leather and canvas. (last image) All pieces were designed and printed by Paper Monkey Press.
This cute baby shower invitation was for a very sweet client of ours that didn't know the gender of her new baby at the time of the shower, so we wanted to keep it fun and playful and very "baby" themed. Letterpress printed on soft Crane's Lettra with rounded corners and a matching outer envelope. Designed and printed by Paper Monkey Press
So excited to be able to post about this! I've been entering designs at Minted now and again- mostly for fun- but this one I was really excited about. Last year in October I went to Mexico with the husband for a little trip to a cute place outside of Cabo. And while walking around I found this little store that featured hand embroidered textiles of a local folk art called Otomi. They were sooooo beautiful (and I'm still kicking myself for not buying a ton of them!!) Anyways I took some photos and when I came back home I spent some time drawing images that were similar to what I had seen in those beautiful tapestries. The way I designed them I knew they weren't perfect for letterpress printing- so I decided to enter them into the Minted wedding design contest. Fast forward a few months and the best email arrived- I'd won! So now my lovely Otomi design is available in FIVE different color ways + a ton of options like different backing patterns. Plus all designs are available in the rsvp, direction, reception, envelope liners, thank you cards, and wrap around return address labels designs. So fun right? I'm really excited, and there is more to come! I've also won not ONE but TWO art competitions (!!) and soon small to large prints of some of my original paintings will be available.
It's like it's my birthday. or a late Christmas.
Either way I couldn't be more excited.
xoxo, paper monkey press
Hello, Happy 2014! So I guess my New Year's resolution of blogging more was blown before I even started since it's the 24th, and I'm just now getting to my first post of the new year... Whoops! Things are busy and already gearing up for all the Spring weddings. One thing that has kept us extra busy is our tiny Etsy store- Have you seen the custom note cards we offer there? They are lots of fun and make cute gifts. We make them by hand setting our collection of wood and metal type- the original and somewhat laborious way. Some of the type is chipped or warn, but we like that uniqueness and think it gives a quirky feel. We pair them with a recycled brown "paper bag" envelope and they fly out of the shop! Right now they are only available printed on our house paper (Crane's Lettra 110# Pearl White), and in our favorite 5.5" x 4.25" size, but we might expand this option in the future, what do you think? Custom quantities are available, but some names or words may not fit or be right for this type of printing, this isn't a font so not a lot of type sizes are available, feel free to contact us directly if you have a question or want a custom quote! Lots more exciting things to share in the new year, working on a new website, overhaul on our branding- and hopefully a physical move to our forever home (fingers crossed it's soon).
Scroll down to see some photos of what the metal and wood type look like.
Metal type waiting to be cleaned after printing...
Metal type locked up with wooden "furniture" waiting to be cleaned.
Wood type lined up waiting to be cleaned after a long day of printing...
You can see some of the individual make-ready we have to do to make each letter level with one another - vintage type is rarely all the same "type high" size.
So I've entered some art into Minted's "State of the Art" contest. The winner gets a lump sum, then the art is available for sale on their site in a huge variety of sizes, plus the winner gets percentage of each sale...how fun is that? The first entry is a watercolor / gouache paint on a small wood panel... you can vote for Diamond here
and the second is a study for a larger painting I've been working on, I took a photo of a ruby throated hummingbird, reduced it to geometric forms in the computer design program Illustrator, then picked colors that corresponded to the natural coloring in the photo. You can vote for Geometric Hummingbird here
Look how cute these shirts we designed for our favorite and local business Flowerland turned out! The doggie is Tommy, a fixture at Flowerland in Albany, CA- and the owner Carly wanted to make sure he was a prominent part of the design.
The artwork we created for the t-shirt before it was sent off to be screen-printed looked like this- hand illustrated on our well used Wacom tablet
and was based on this original photo, you can see the original 50's era signage in the background- they always put the funniest little quips on their marquee too.
If you do live in the Bay Area, you might have seen some of the ad's we've done for them as well, I especially had fun drawing the little airstream trailer that is on the left side of their property, run by a great local company called LOCAL 123 "Enjoy the beautiful garden setting with Four Barrel coffee and espresso and pastries from our refurbished 1969 Airstream Streamline trailer." It's a really nice relaxing spot- and all the plants available are displayed incredibly well, it makes me inspired every time I visit.
Harder to see here, but there is metal signage above the store entrance which we also designed. I have to admit I can't go into their store area without buying something, from letterpress cards, to succulents, to jewelry (and cute t-shirts...) This is definitely a go to for unique and thoughtful gifts. If you are in the Bay Area and for some reason haven't stopped by- you must! and not just to see our t-shirts ;)
I've come up with a few ideas for the latest Minted contest for their "Don't Forget! Minted's Save the Date Challenge" If you have the chance to jump over and maybe give us a like or feedback on our current designs, I'd appreciate it! xo PS on a personal note I lived for a few years on Balboa Island, and the photo of the kids in the "she said yes" design are on the ferry from Balboa Island to the Newport Peninsula (unless I'm mistaken- but it looks like it!) So many good memories there, and still fun to visit when I go home!
This sweet pink sparky Bat Mitzvah suite was inspired by our client Lila's love of horses. We started by designing a custom monogram logo that was used throughout the invitation suite (including custom envelope liners!) and in the party elements as well. All elements were letterpress by us and assembled using a sparkly brown backing card in a pre-made folio. We also created a custom sticker so the final set had the feeling of a horse show ribbon when sealed on top of the champagne satin ribbon that held the folio set closed. Cute but still classic, the last photo shows how sparkly the paper is in real life! Please let us know if we can design or print your next custom letterpress project.
A little departure from all the letterpress projects... and I was able to break out my watercolors for this one! I hand watercolored all the text and images, then scanned them, arranged them on the page and had them digitally printed on a 110# textured paper to give it that watercolor paper feel. The place cards were hand watercolored with the individual guests names after they were printed- right before everything was packaged and sent off to the client. It was a tight turnaround time, but I think it turned out pretty cute for a mid-summer champagne and lobster dinner party. Included below are a few close-ups of the actual watercolors before they were scanned and printed. So many words were painted! And I totally got hungry working on the menu...
I have been wanting to shoot this elegant and beautiful wedding set for awhile, but was finally motivated when we found out that we were mentioned in a photo shoot of the (stunning) actual wedding featured in the summer edition of Inside Weddings Magazine (!). You can see the actual article here...IW_2013_Summer_Cline-Wurzak . The programs we created on page 96 and the menu on page 100 (the calligraphy for each guest's name was done by the very talented Tracy Joe.) Not featured was the mailed wedding invitation set, so I thought I would share that with you as well! We worked closely with the bride and groom and party planners to create and letterpress print this set. The invitation was printed on 220# Crane's Lettra, with edge coloring on the invitation (to match the ink, custom envelope liner and custom wax seal).the other pieces (RSVP, Brunch and Rehearsal dinner) were all printed on 110# Crane's Lettra. Subtle butterflies are sprinkled throughout the set, from the custom wax seal to the outer envelope, blind printed on the invitation and brunch invitation. Everything was wrapped in a beautiful sheer silver mesh Midori ribbon held together with the butterfly wax seal. We also created the Save the Date mailers, you can see them from a previous post here. I think the programs will be a separate post...
I had so much fun working on this wedding set, the bride to be wanted lots of flowers and different textures so I was able to integrate wood veneer, metallics, and most of all I hand watercolored all of the invitation cards before we printed them. (This was a little bit more of an undertaking than I had initially anticipated, but well worth it in the end!) This is also the first wedding set I have designed for someone getting married in a Mormon Temple, so I got to learn a lot about sealing ceremonies, ring ceremonies, etc... The Mormon Temple in Oakland is high in the Oakland hills and can be seen at night (and during the day) from almost anywhere in the East Bay, so it was fun to know this was the destination for their family and friends. We used the 220# Lettra for the invitation (which worked surprisingly well for watercolor), and 110# Lettra for the direction, rsvp and sealing ceremony- the ring ceremony was printed on real wood veneer and the whole set was bound with a wrap imprinted with their initials and date. All designed and letterpress printed by us at Paper Monkey Press
I am pretty excited about this new shop offering, I was going to wait until this morning, but couldn't resist tweeting about it yesterday- but here is the official announcement! I ordered some custom 3.5" round coasters in a thinner 40pt. weight to use for another project (usually we use the larger standard 4" size, 60pt. thickness like standard bar coasters)- and since I had more than a few left over I started playing around with other ideas we could use them for - and how cute is this?!? Our Antique wood type fits perfectly on this size and I love the lighter more sophisticated weight and somewhat rustic / fun look of these. So so many reasons to order these cute coasters! Perfect for wedding receptions, cocktail parties, birthday parties, house warming gift, an anniversary party... the list could just go on and on, right? We have a ton of this particular wood type, so as long as it's just 3 letters, we can print it for you! You can find the listing in our etsy shop here. Currently our listing is for quantities of 100, but we can do more or less- just let me know and I can get you a custom quote and listing.
Another cute custom personalized stationery set to share with you, we hand drew the carrots for the liners, as well as the bunny based off of Peter the Rabbit for some sweet note cards. The same font was used for the return address - I edited it a tiny bit for privacy, but wanted to show how cute this font is for kid's stationery. Designed and printed by Paper Monkey Press