The Bartlett Press: It Has Arrived!

February 28, 2011

This has been one of the most exciting weeks we've had since Jamie and I got married. After six months of research and a lot of patience, we officially own a Chandler & Price New Series Pilot Letterpress.

We set it up for printing for the very first time on Friday night. We honestly didn't know how it was going to turn out since we've never been instructed on how to operate a letterpress. But thanks to a lot of online sources, we had a pretty good idea of how the proces worked.

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.

We experimented a little bit trying to control the amount of embossing the lead type made in the paper before unlocking the type. It means so much to us that we decided to buy a frame and display our very first prints.

As soon as we were done with our first design we wanted to try out our second typeface; 36pt 20th Century Medium. We also had a few ornamental borders that came with our press starter's kit that we wanted to try out, so we quickly put together a thank you card and tried to lock up the type as best we could. We quickly realized it was like a puzzle that had no reference. But eventually we made it work and for not knowing what it was going to look like, we were pretty happy.

Ideas for what we want to do next with our press have been popping up very quickly. This month I'm sure we'll be learning a lot about what we want to do and coming up with some fun designs. We'll be sure to keep posting about it and what we learn along the way.

I also want to put in a plug for our letterpress provider: Andrew Churchman. He did a fantastic job restoring our press and making sure we had all of the tools and materials we needed to start printing. Andrew has been restoring presses and press materials for years and is certainly an expert in the field. If you're interested in purchasing a letterpress yourself, I highly recommend you contact him. He has a fantastic starters kit included with the purchase of a press. You can find out more information about it here: The detail painting was done by artist Don Kilpatrick ( He did an incredible job making our press 100% unique. 

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Morning Brew: Whale Ho!

The whale blows his nose so you can blow yours! 
source: Sparkly Pony
This Etsy shop has a lot of funny and well designed items. Check them out!

Morning Brew: Read

February 25, 2011

Relax...and read a book this weekend.

I love a good book. My favorite is To Kill a Mocking Bird. Do you have a favorite? I would love to add it to my ever expanding list.

Photo by: Krista Palmu

Photo of the Week: Through a Half-Frame Lens

February 24, 2011

Normally photo of the week only has one photo, but there were too many great photos to choose from on this roll. So this week we decided to post all of our favorites.

This past Christmas I bought Jamie an old film camera. It's an Olympus PEN 35mm half-frame camera from 1959 (half-frame means it exposes two images per frame of film). Our digital camera is also an Olympus PEN, but it was made just a few years ago. I found the film camera on ebay and the seller wasn't sure if it even worked or not. We were hopeful though, and loaded in a roll of film and shot away while we were in Colorado during Christmas vacation. We sent the film in to snapfish to get developed and a few days later we got to see the photos we had taken. The camera worked flawlessly. Here are a few of our favorite shots (click on an image to see it larger).

Morning Brew: Watch Out

February 23, 2011

Sometimes life is scary. Especially when you have a bird on your head.

London Language

February 22, 2011

Jake and I fell in love in London. So naturally we can't get enough of it. Jake's dad shared this video with us. It has brilliant cinematography and the fabulas type treatment gives you a taste of British culture.

I've already watched it twice.

Morning Brew: Hello Monday

February 21, 2011

Source: Twurts and Geekery

Morning Brew: Lazy Weekend

February 18, 2011

Have a lazy weekend. You deserve it.

Source: Willow & Frank

Photo of the Week: Rainy Days

February 17, 2011

It's been rainy here. I don't really mind it. It's days like these that make me want to stay home, cuddle up and watch one of those timeless movies. For now I guess I'll just have to watch the rain from my desk.

Morning Brew: Today

February 16, 2011

That's what I want to do. How about you? I would love to see it.

Designed By: Please Be Still

Making History

February 15, 2011

Photography is quickly becoming more and more of a passion of ours. We've never had advanced photography instruction, but we love to shoot pictures none the less. Recently, I inherited some cameras from my Grandpa. We are really honored that he wanted us to have them.

The first camera was my Grandpa's Leica IIIc that he bought when he was over in Germany near the end of WWII. It is in perfect condition and we will definitely be taking some pictures with it. 
The second one is a Kodak Brownie 8mm Movie Camera. We've never shot film movies before, but we think it would be really fun to attempt it. 

There is so much history behind these cameras and we are extremely excited to become a part of it. Along with the cameras came two shoe boxes. One is filled with old slides and negatives and the other has reels and reels of 8mm film. Together they document my Grandparents, Uncle and Mother's life. Jake already ordered an 8mm film projector and we are looking into slide and negative scanners. Once we have the right equipment we'll be able to journey through their past and make exciting discoveries. Along the way we will be sharing highlights of our findings.

Say "I Love You" In Helvetica

February 14, 2011

Source: The Voice That Said's

You can say, "I love you," in Helvetica. And you can say it with Helvetica Extra Light if you want to be really fancy. Or you can say it with the Extra Bold if it's really intensive and passionate, you know, and it might work.
-Massimo Vignelli

Morning Brew: Happy Valentine's Day

Top: Snippet & Ink; Bottom Left: Ruka-Ruka; Bottom Right: Sarah Coleman

Morning Brew: Old School Love

February 11, 2011

Due to Valentine's Day coming up, I'm in a romantic mood. I just can't get enough of these old photographs.

Photo of the Week: Left in L.A.

February 10, 2011

These shoes have been hanging on this wire ever since we've moved to Los Angeles a little under a year ago. We thought it was about time to take a picture.

Morning Brew: Summer in Winter

February 9, 2011

Artist unknown.

Morning Brew: Two Wheelers

February 7, 2011

Ahh, Bicycles. Infinite miles per gallon.

Photo of the Week: Lido Apartments

February 3, 2011

The Lido apartment building is right down the road from where Jake works. We liked the way the neon sign looked at dusk. We really like the vintage feel of  the neon signs in Los Angeles. This sign is one of our favorites.

Morning Brew: It's Cold Outside

February 2, 2011

We are introducing a new section of our blog! We are super excited about it. We are calling it Morning Brew. The posts are going to consist of images that will both inspire and give you a little morning pick me up to get you through the day. It will be the cream and sugar in your morning coffee.

For all of you that are experiencing the winter storm, here is a little something to warm you up.

top: Becoming Lola; bottom: Hot Chocolate