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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.


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.

Welcome to Earth

This fun card blasted off from the  National Stationery Show this year and it landed in quite a few stores around the country. 

As a fan of Superman, Joel drew this card as an homage to the Man of Steel’s crash landing in a corn field in Smallville. 

What better way to welcome a newborn to the world than suggesting they are the most super baby since Superman?

You can pick up one these cards from our online shop (below). [catalog-product id=”2073″]





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