As long as I've been a screenprinter, I've always admired letterpress printing. Some of my favorite printmakers are letterpress printers, and I've been wanting to come over to the 'Dark Side' to finally do some of my own letterpress projects.
For the last few weeks, I've been observing some undergrad design students learning letterpress; the difference between wood and metal foundry type, setting up their design for print, etc. It's been fun learning through visual osmosis.
So today, while I had the print lab all to myself, I set up this fun little Bob Dylan quote to print my first ever letterpress print. It's a mix of antique wood and metal type (I mirrored the image so you can easily read it) printed on 6" x 6" chipboard. I used an antique manual proofing press to make each print by hand, which is tricky and a lot of fun. I never use oil based media in my silkscreen printing, so using it for letterpress has it's own challenges. However, I used to do a lot of linoleum block printing in high school, so trying letterpress for the first time wasn't too difficult. Letterpress and block printing have many similarities.
I'm looking forward to playing around with more wood and metal type over the next few months, and hopefully, be able to make a few more letterpress prints for myself. In the meantime, though, I have a pile of screenprint projects that I'd like to complete, as well, so we'l see how the rest of the year plays out.