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Fall 2016 Letterpress workshop

 

 

workshop_fall2016_blogSummer has come and gone; it’s time to buckle down and get busy with a fall letterpress workshop. If you’re in the Ottawa valley or in nearby Ottawa or Kingston, come out for a day and learn how to set type the old fashion way and print your own personalised note cards.

Dates: 

**Rescheduled to Saturday, October 15– 10 to 5

Cost: $150 per participant

Here’s what is included

-all supplies (including paper)
-learning about setting type the old-fashioned way and setting your own
-access to our 110 cases of type (possibly the most type in Ontario aside from Upper Canada Village) and our vintage cuts (etched graphics).
-a chance to use our 60-year-old letterpress to print your own note cards
– You will be walking way with at least 50 A2 (4×5.25″)  flat letterpress note cards,  a value of $100.
– the knowledge that you handcrafted a stack of your own letterpress stationery (priceless) 🙂

Day of workshop schedule

10am-11am The first hour of the workshop is spent discussing the history of letterpress printing, basic typography, types of papers and each participant’s project over coffee and Chantal’s homemade muffins. Each participant is given a handout for their own personal reference that they can keep

11am-noon The rest of the morning is devoted to learning how to compose type in a composing stick, choosing from over 110 cases of type including lead type and wood type and from our dozens of cuts (pictorial etchings mounted on wood).

noon-1pm Break for lunch. Westport has several nice cafés that serve tasty lunches.

1pm-3pm– Work on composing your type, then learn how to mount the type in the chase using furniture, leading & slugs. Each participant will proof their project on our proofing press to ensure there are no errors before printing on the big press.

3pm-5pm Each participant will learn how to mount the chase containing their type on our floor model 10×15 Chandler & Price letterpress and take their turn printing 50 pieces of their own project on a variety of paper stocks.

If you have a special project you would like to print, please discuss it with us first and we will try to accommodate you. The price may vary depending on the project.

How do I sign up? 

You can reserve your spot right away by buying the workshop listing on our website:

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT

 Workshops take place in our studio at 26 Spring Street in Westport, ON.

 


Summer Letterpress Workshops

Edit July 12: certain workshop dates have changed. Please consult the list below.

 

 

The past two weeks have been a long process of unpacking, moving furniture, assembling furniture, painting, moving stuff, moving more stuff, unpacking more stuff, etc. If you’ve ever moved house, you know what I’m talking about. But now things are finally coming together and the studio has taken shape. 

Since we are new to the area, we’ve scheduled summer letterpress workshops in our new space to get people acquainted with what we do. If you’re in the Ottawa valley or in nearby Ottawa or Kingston, come out for a day and learn how to set type the old fashion way and print your own personalized note cards.

Dates: 

Saturday, July 27 – 10 to 5
Saturday, August 10 – 10 to 5  Saturday August 17 – 10-5
Saturday, August 31 – 10 to 5
 Saturday, September 14 – 10 to 5
 Saturday, September 28 – 10 to 5

Cost: $150 per participant

Here’s what is included

-all supplies (including paper)
-learning about setting type the old-fashioned way and setting your own
-access to our 110 cases of type (possibly the most type in Ontario aside from Upper Canada Village) and our vintage cuts (etched graphics).
-a chance to use our 60-year-old letterpress to print your own note cards
– You will be walking way with at least 50 A2 (4×5.25″)  flat letterpress note cards with envelopes, a value of $100.
– the knowledge that you handcrafted a stack of your own letterpress stationery (priceless) 🙂

Day of workshop schedule

10am-11am The first hour of the workshop is spent discussing the history of letterpress printing, basic typography, types of papers and each participant’s project over coffee and Chantal’s homemade muffins. Each participant is given a handout for their own personal reference that they can keep

11am-noon The rest of the morning is devoted to learning how to compose type in a composing stick, choosing from over 110 cases of type including lead type and wood type and from our dozens of cuts (pictorial etchings mounted on wood). 

noon-1pm Break for lunch. Westport has several nice cafés and tea houses that serve wonderful lunches. 

1pm-3pm– Work on composing your type, then learn how to mount the type in the chase using furniture, leading & slugs. Each participant will proof their project on our proofing press to ensure there are no errors before printing on the big press.

3pm-5pm Each participant will learn how to mount the chase containing their type on our floor model 10×15 Chandler & Price letterpress and take their turn printing 50-60 pieces of their own project on a variety of paper stocks. 

If you have a special project you would like to print, please discuss it with us first and we will try to accommodate you. The price may vary depending on the project.

To reserve your spot, contact Chantal at 1-866-782-9221 or 613-464-9288, or send us an email at contact@papillonletterpress.com. Workshops take place in our studio at 26 Spring Street in Westport, ON.


Fall 2012 workshop schedule

It’s fall and time for another letterpress workshop! We only have time for one workshop until next fall, so sign up soon!

Make use of these babies during our letterpress workshop

 

Introduction to Letterpress Printing

In this day-long introductory workshop, you will be introduced to our 60-year-old 10×15 Chandler Price & Co. New Style press, learn the basics of setting lead type, locking up the chase, mounting the chase on the press, inking and printing one colour. You will be printing your own personalized stationery and we have over 100 type styles and sizes to choose from, as well as boxfuls of ornaments and etched graphics.

You will also learn what real “em” and “en” quads are, learn the basic California job case and what all those strange typography terms really mean.

We can only take on three participants to ensure everyone has enough time with the press.

When: Saturday, October 13th, 2012
Time: 9am-5pm
What you will print: personalized stationery (approx. 4×5.25″) (if you have a specialized project, please contact us well in advance)
Studio Limit: 3 participants
Cost: $150 (includes ink and paper)

Location: our studio at 1287 Cawthorpe Street, Sudbury, ON. 705-618-1168 or 1-866-782-9221.

Registration requires a 50% non-refundable deposit to secure your place, with the balance due upon arrival. Pay by cash, Paypal or cheque.

Contact Chantal at contact@papillonletterpress.com to register. Hope to see you soon!

 


Restoring the Kelseys

A few months ago I (Chantal) decided we wanted to own a tabletop press so I could take it with me and host workshops elsewhere. I was not afraid to get my hands dirty, so when I saw an ad in a journal for several Kelseys in Pennsylvania, the first idea that popped into my head was…ROADTRIP! We’re no strangers to driving long distances for the sake of letterpress 🙂

We brought back 3 Kelsey Excelsior presses, two 5×8 and one 3×5. One of the 5×8 was in good shape while the other two needed a bit of work. The original grey paint was peeling and they were quite rusty. The one in the best condition came from a funeral home, the other 5×8 came from the side of the road somewhere and the 3×5 came from an estate sale.

the Kelsey Excelsior 3x5 before restoration
Kelsey letterpresses, before restoration

The first step was to remove the rust. Following instructions found on Briarpress, I soaked all the removable parts in a vinegar solution overnight and the rust basically wiped off. I also used a soft Brillo pad dipped in the vinegar solution and gently went over the rest of the press to remove the rust. Afterwards I wiped all the parts with a bit oil to prevent the rust from returning.

I then cleaned all the presses with a brush and tack cloth to remove any dust. I took off the removable parts and taped up any parts I didn’t want painted with painting tape to prepare for priming. There is some debate on Briarpress as to whether removing the original paint is the best way to go before applying a new coat, but I decided against it because, to put it simply, it was too much work!

Using Painter’s Touch Rustoleum spray paint primer, I primed all the presses in white. It occured to me later that I should have chosen a grey primer or darker colour, because it was pretty unnerving to see all the presses in stark white like that.

Priming the Kelsey

Ghost letterpresses

The next step was to apply the final coat of paint. I could have opted to paint them in their original grey again, but I went for black because it never goes out of style and Claudette our floor model looks sharp in black. I used Tremclad black. It took approximately 2 coats, but the result was nice and shiny.

Spray painting the black

The final step was to remove the tape, oil the moveable parts, buy a few new nuts and bolts for the platen of one of the 5×8, buy a few new springs and order new rollers. The rollers cost nearly as much as the presses themselves!

Don’t they look sharp! I’ve already sold one of the 5×8, and the other two will be coming with me on my roving workshops. All it took was a roadtrip and a little elbow grease; not too shabby!

The final result, with a cut locked up in the chase
Kelsey Excelsior 5x8 and 3x5


Letterpress workshop – August 28, 2011

Merci to Katrina and Roxanne for another great Papillon Press workshop this past weekend!

I encouraged them to mix typefaces and use ornaments, and the results look fantastic! We printed 4×6 cards of different paper stocks in green ink.

Are there any printers out there who have any information about French typefaces and if the lay of the typecase is different in French than in English? Roxanne stumped me with this question. I’d be interested in acquiring French type, if that even exists.

Katrina printing her cards
Katrina's final product has a very retro feel to it.
Roxanne concentrating at the press
Roxanne's final product en français is missing the accents, but has a very classic, bookish look.

To join one of our workshops, visit our workshop page.


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