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Pic of the Week

Inkery Road is a small business that focuses on calligraphy & hand lettering. Pictured is my Georgia greeting card from my “Home State Love” series. These are offered in greeting cards, art prints & tea towels. I plan to eventually make my way through all 50 states, & have completed a handful so far (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida & Alaska).

My process starts out with a sketch where I get the lettering down first, then fill in the state with flourishes. After that, I take it into Illustrator to digitize it for printing. This Georgia greeting card is letterpressed with a beautiful gold ink & paired with a bright turquoise envelope. The greeting card version includes “Howdy from” and the art print & tea towel versions simply have the state name. My Home State Love series is meant to be a reminder of where your heart & home are.

You can find me on Instagram – inkeryroad and Facebook www.facebook.com/inkeryroad

The Perfect Gift for a Guy

My husband is one of the hardest people to buy gifts for and when I was searching for the perfect Father’s Day gift I had an “aha” moment. His “Man Cave” is the garage where he’s always fixing things, working on our kid’s cars and puttering around.

I had an idea for a Metalphoto® sign and with the help of one of our Imaging Specialist, who also happens to be a graphic designer, we came up with this pretty awesome looking sign. Needless to say my husband loves it and I found the perfect gift for my guy.

Metalphoto® is perfect for outdoor applications – it’s certified for 20+ years and is not affected by chemicals, heat, abrasion, salt spray or sunlight.

Luckily Christmas is still months away so I have time to think about the next “perfect gift”!

If you’d like to order a “Mr. Fix-It” sign, click here.

Pic of the Week

Our “Pic of the Week” is from Bookmobile.

Bookmobile printed and bound The Gentlemanly Rabbits, by the artist Candace Jean.

The artist successfully raised $5,815 on Kickstarter to design and publish her book. As she wrote in her Kickstarter story, she “selected a book bindery within the U.S. that has an impressive gallery of past projects, and we’ve discussed my vision in great detail.”

Project Details

Publisher: Candace Jean

Pages: 94 pages, 8″ x 10″

Text Printing: 4-color insert printing throughout on 80-lb. matte-coated white stock at 510 PPI

Binding: PUR bound and cased in, pearl linen jet black case with a front cover gold foil stamp, and lumina sandstone gold endsheets

Printer: Bookmobile

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bookmobile-108025137417/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/bookmobileprint/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/organization/356296/

Twitter: @BookmobilePrint

GooglePlus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/110935471654297704480/+BookmobileMinneapolis

The Letterpress Depot

“Great Art for a Good Cause: Local arts nonprofit The Letterpress Depot launches fundraising campaign to make the Englewood train depot new”

DENVER – On May 1 Denver arts nonprofit, The Letterpress Depot, launched their first major fundraiser to reimagine a historic 1915 train depot in the suburb of Englewood and transform it into a regional hub where students, artists, designers, printers and neighbors can come for inspiration, hands-on experience and, most importantly, discover the fun of letterpress printing.

The Denver launch party and subsequent Indiegogo campaign has raised $25,371 in ten days from a 165 individuals and businesses – 28% of the total goal of $70,000 with just over two weeks left. The campaign boasts an incredible assortment of prints and art produced by international artists and well-known letterpress printers including Tom Parson, Jason Wedekind, Brad Vetter, Firecracker Press, and the Hamilton Wood Type Museum. Workshops with Star Shaped Press’s Jennifer Farrell and Brad Vetter are also available. All proceeds from the campaign will go towards critical repairs and renovations to the Letterpress Depot’s future home.

The Letterpress Depot has a unique vision to create a “working museum” where visitors will have complete hands-on access to the organization’s vast inventory of traditional letterpress equipment and type – fifteen presses and two thousand cases of type – to allow the community to continue to preserve, reimagine and redefine this beautiful art form for future generations.

“You won’t find anything behind glass here,” says Tom Parson, Executive Director of the Letterpress Depot. “I have thousands of fonts of metal type, a large library and 15 presses. All of this should go somewhere and I want it to belong to you.”

“I teach typography and design to college students and incorporated letterpress printing as part of our curriculum since it is really important in helping students understand the foundation of typographic design,” says Peter Bergman, Board President of the Letterpress Depot and Assistant Professor of Art in Communication Design at Metropolitan State University of Denver. “Many of my students have gotten really into it and have produced sophisticated and complex projects. But, once they graduate their access to the equipment is cut off. It would be really great for them – and the entire creative community in the region – to have a place to go where they can have access to equipment and experienced printers who are there to help them realize their projects”

Funds raised will go to reconstructing the exterior wall to the basement, building an ADA accessible entrance ramp, installing an ADA accessible bathroom and completing electrical, plumbing and HVAC work. Once the work is complete, visitors and community members will be able to learn from master printers and book artists – many of which are on the Letterpress Depot’s board – through a roster of workshops and classes. The Letterpress Depot will offer a full range of educational programming for all ages and skill levels – there will be something for everyone from beginners to master printers.

The Letterpress Depot is located in Englewood, Colorado and is a 501c 3 non-profit with passionate volunteers and an active board of dedicated artists, printers, designers, creative professionals, librarians, writers, thinkers and makers.

“The Depot is going to provide something that doesn’t exist in this region. It’s a place where people can come and print, learn and study and that, to me, is what keeping this letterpress art alive is all about,” says Jason Wedekind, Board Vice President and Founder of Genghis Kern. “It’s sharing. It’s making. It’s getting our hands dirty. And I’m really looking forward to being able to do that in one central location.”

The Letterpress Depot is located at 675 West Dartmouth Avenue, Englewood, CO.

Disc Golf — What Is It?

WHAT IS DISC GOLF

Disc Golf is played much like traditional golf – the object is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws. Instead of using a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®. The game started with people aiming their Frisbee® at various targets, such as garbage cans, trees, light poles and other readily available items.

Today, according to the Professional Disc Golf Association, there are thousands of courses around the world. There are teams/leagues popping up all over and over 86,000 members of the Professional Disc Golf Association.  Suitable for school age to senior citizens, and all fitness levels, Disc Golf is the perfect lifetime fitness sport. If you can throw a Frisbee®, you can play Disc Golf.

DIE MAKER TO THE PROS

What does OWOSSO have to do with Disc Golf you might ask? We are the foil stamping die maker for leading disc manufacturers in the U.S. Our magnesium dies produce a crisp, foil stamped image on the disc.

Zing Mini Discs are primarily used as markers in the game of Disc Golf.  Zing makes five different competition sizes as well as a “micro” size that fits snugly over a soda can to keep bugs and bees out of your beverage. Many of their mini discs have been thrown over 350 feet. They’ve been in business for over 25 years servicing small businesses, schools, hospitals, doctor’s offices and especially Disc Golf.  Craig Myers, Foil Mixologist at Zing had this to say: “I exclusively use OWOSSO for my die-making needs. I appreciate the fast turn-around and great customer service. Prices are very affordable and the quality of each die is impeccable”.

Photos below courtesy of Zing Mini Disc

So, if you’ve ever wondered what those baskets at your favorite park are for, now you know. You might want to swing by your local retail store and pick up a disc or two. If you’re having an event, consider ordering some custom discs from Zing.

Who knows, you might just perfect the Tomahawk throw!

Metalphoto® — What Is It?

Metalphoto® — What Is It?

Developed in 1950, Metalphoto® is a photosensitive, anodized aluminum. Metalphoto® is durable in even the harshest environment, because the image is sealed inside of the anodized aluminum, which provides corrosion, sunlight, abrasion, temperature and chemical resistance.

Common Uses

Common uses for Metalphoto® include equipment nameplates, barcode labels, control panels, plaques & awards and architectural signage.  It can also be used for Keepsakes to commemorate life’s milestones…weddings, anniversaries, graduations, births and deaths. Clubs and organizations can capture the essence of a community working together with plaques for gardens, benches, playground equipment and more. Click here for more information on Metalphoto® from OWOSSO.

OWOSSO recently made a replacement Metalphoto® plaque for the Shiawassee River Heritage Bridge and it was recently installed. Thousands of people will walk across this bridge during the annual Curwood Festival which is June 1-4 in 2017. The entire city invites you to join us to “Rock the Red” for the 40th Anniversary of the festival!

Dedicated in 1984, the Heritage Bridge links Curwood Castle Park to the James Miner Riverwalk. This is a beautiful, winding trail along the Shiawassee River that connects the towns of Owosso and Corunna.

 

Pic of the Week

Our “Pic of the Week” is from Jim Hellman — William Shakespeare, Sonnet 75 (side statements from Song of Solomon, Chapter 4, verses 4-7 and Decorum, J.A. Ruth and Company, New York)

For The Bodleian Library, the university library at Oxford for their exhibit on the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.
http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/news/2016/nov-11

Printed by Jim Hellman, The Ground Floor Garage Press
Illustration by Tim Ladwig

HANDMADE SOAP, POTTERY AND CANDLE STAMPS

HANDMADE SOAP, POTTERY AND CANDLE STAMPS

MAKE AN IMPRESSION

Your handmade organic/natural soap, pottery and candles can make a lasting impression by debossing your brand name on your product with an Owosso Graphic Arts Acrylic or Magnesium Stamp. Owosso Graphic Arts Stamps are also a great way to customize your product with a client’s corporate logo, for baby and wedding showers, birthday parties, etc.

DESIGNING YOUR ARTWORK

Because Owosso Graphic Arts stamps are either milled on a CNC machine (Acrylic) or chemically etched (Magnesium) you can get creative with the design, but you will want to keep your design simple. Small intricate areas will not etch or mill very deeply to give you a nice clean impression on your product.

You’ll want to keep these things in mind when designing your artwork:

  1. Artwork color – We need 100% K (black) artwork. And we prefer all vector art, especially for the Acrylic stamps, where vector art is a MUST.
  1. Line Thickness – The weight or thickness of “lines” in your artwork, for a number of reasons, needs to stay on the heavy side. When etching your stamp, thin lines will etch down a tad smaller that in your art and won’t give you a noticeable impression. And the same applies to Acrylic (CNC machined) stamps.
  1. Text Size – Again, to have your design stamp nice and clean; keep your text (font style) simple. You can have a more “Stylish” font style, but the same rule applies as line thickness. Some font styles have thin lines, so you will want to stay on the larger side. Plus, small text won’t etch deep enough to give you good impression when stamped on your product.
  1. Size – Yes size does matter, when you are working with a bar of soap, small round candles or small pottery pieces for example. You will, of course, want your design to stand out when stamped on your product. A simple bold design will stand out and give a clean look.

USING YOUR OWOSSO GRAPHIC ARTS STAMP

  1. Position the stamp gently on your bar of soap, candle or clay and lightly tap the stamp.
  2. Carefully lift your stamp up and off your product. You will see a beautiful clean impression on your product.
  3. That’s it, you’re done!

Easy right? With proper care your stamp from Owosso Graphic Arts can be used over and over. To order please visit our website: https://www.owosso.com/industries/soap-stamping/

 

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