Letterpress round-up: How to create the best blind impression

copperwillow.com | how to create the best blind letterpress

The beauty of letterpress is in the impression.  That beautiful texture of soft cotton plush against crisp pressed line work.  Nothing shows this off like "blind" letterpress.  Basically, blind press is just running the machine without ink.  Purely art pushed into paper.  

If you're in letterpress, here's some things to think about.  If you're the designer, these are also great factors to consider/request in your design and material selection!  Have fun!

  • The best impression comes from pressing on cotton.  If you're working with stiff or lighter weight material, consider hot foil with a translucent foil.
  • Use soft packing in the machine.  This allows the plate to press through the paper with less resistance.
  • Consider the coverage of the artwork.  The more dense the line work, the less pressure each line will receive on impact.  There's more physics in letterpress than we realize!
  • TIP: use white or translucent ink on the machine to enhance the texture and light/shadow contrast
  • Watch for fibers cracking, but otherwise deeper is better! 

Blind letterpress instragram round-up, in black and white, because it's all about that press.

Colorful Ojai Wedding

copperwillow.com | gold foil invitations | ojai valley inn & spa

Over the years, many of our couples have chosen to marry at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.  We can't blame them!  What a gorgeous setting...the grounds with the beautiful tree, the red barn, lavender, rolling hills.  The venue is the perfect canvas for any couple's style and this couple was no exception.  Rustic meets modern, tribal and rustic, with gold foil.  Pops of teal and hot pink; gold foil elegance meets playful color.  We were happy to be a part of their wedding, from invitations, to signage, foiled menus, and calligraphed escort cards.

Shout out to Park & Grove for event design and Rylee Hitchner for these lovely photos!

Dreamy San Ysidro Ranch Wedding

copperwillow.com | san ysidro ranch wedding with lavender letterpress invitations

Location, location, location.  When you decide to get married in southern California, you really have the cream of the crop to choose from in terms of dazzling wedding locations.  It's pretty common to swoon over the wedding photos that stream into our mailbox from our happy couples!  But one location never ceases to give us all the heart eyes.  San Ysidro Ranch is so beautiful.  Add in some talented professionals, a sweet Vera Wang dress, and one darling couple who is lovely inside and out, and you have an incredibly dreamy wedding.  

Ashley & Bryant were sent to us by Twine Events with a watercolor crest by Happy Menocal already in hand.  The color and essence were already there, we just needed to fill out the vision.  We used metallic sand envelopes with espresso and lavender letterpress and carried those colors and styling through to the wedding day.  Clean and soft, a sweet compliment to the day.

Photography: Emily Blake   Planner: Twine Events    Florals: Coco Rose Design   Linens: La Tavola (lovely gray and swiss dot!)



Our next Pen to Press: September 24-25

copperwillow.com | pen to press creative workshop

We're happy to announce our next Pen to Press workshop - September 24 & 25th (9am-5pm) in El Segundo, California!  If you're an invitation artist or aspiring to be one, this is a weekend built for you. 

So what is Pen to Press?  This weekend-long course is designed to guide and educate our students in building a business around their art on paper.  We cover every topic, from design basics & preparing scanned art for print, to color-matching, speaking paper lingo, and understanding how production works.  Top that off with in-depth information on website, promotion, pricing, and the legal matters of running a business.  Our students learn it all and no subject is off limits!

Who should consider Pen to Press?  After working in paper design & production for 10 years, we have worked with designers of all backgrounds; advertising, graphic design, architecture, calligraphy, painting, drafting, etc.  All are welcome!  If you're interested in learning how to turn your art into a paper business, this is for you.  Even if you're already working with paper and want to explore your reach or expand your print services, this educational experience will only enhance your client work.  New to paper altogether?  This course is a must.  We have welcomed calligraphers and watercolor artists and helped them build the bridge to taking that next step!

What is the weekend like?  The course is taught by Jill Velez and Leora Mauck, co-owners of Copper Willow.  We also welcome 3 guest speakers who will share their experience, snags, tips, and q&a about their journey into paper.  Our sample topics include:

Art creation techniques, a comprehensive on paper, envelopes, & sizing, overview on print techniques, color design, preparing files for print, finishing techniques, working with a printer, business licenses & accounts, web design & portfolios, networking, photoshoots, marketing, and more!

What's included?  Cost: $500.  Each student receives a welcome gift set and information packet.  Both days include a lunch out with a visiting artist.  The course includes time on our letterpress machines, learning how they operate and printing 25 of your own business cards.  Our students have also kept in touch with us and we are always here to answer questions and give guidance!

Registration opens June 1st and we have 10 seats!  We hope to see you soon!

Glamorous Gray & Gold Wedding at Ritz Carlton

copperwillow.com | dramatic gray & gold foil invitation | wind productions

A fresh garden patio by day...glamorous, chic ballroom at night.  This wedding had it all and was not short on amazing floral creations by Butterfly Floral.  Their invitations previewed the evening with charcoal paper & gold foil print.  The design was classic with a monogram to brand the event, but the shades of gray and gold were a peek into the drama of the evening.  Their menus were printed on light gray and their escort cards were written in gold calligraphy on charcoal card.  

Beautiful photography by Wind Productions | Coordination by Delicate Details