First Letterpress Class Held at i3!!!

i3 member Ashley hosted two classes to introduce the new (to i3) Letterpress. The press is a Line-O-Scribe Show Card Writer. The press was built sometime between 1920 and 1940 in Adrian MI.

The class demonstrated basic letterpress techniques and printing. The students picked a Valentine’s Day theme pattern to print. Then the pattern was reversed and carved into linoleum blocks. Different colored inks and paper card stock are picked to create hand made Valentine’s Day cards. The linoleum blocks are put on the press, ink rolled onto the block, and pressure applied to create beautiful cards.


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Letterpress made in Michigan

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The press surrounded by colored oil inks

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Sample Letterpress Prints on Card Stock

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Linoleum hand carved printer pattern

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Metal type for lettering

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Spending oil based ink preparing for rolling on the press

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Hand carved pattern ready to print on the press

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Laser cutter assisted pattern

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Student created Valentine’s Day card


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