The first step was to decide what we wanted our first print to say, set the type by hand, and lock it up in the press' chase (the frame that holds the type or artwork). We chose to print the name of our blog in the first typeface we purchased last year; 18pt Clarendon.
This is our very first letterpress impression pulled. Words cannot describe how excited we were to have finally had the right tools to create a design that you can actually feel. As recommended by our printmaking professor from JBU, we bought two large sheets of Rives BFK printmaking paper from Blick art for our first set of prints.