I've completed my third of four letterpress classes and am so much happier with the results of this go-round. I'm learning that simplicity is best to start, reminding me that it's best to know the rules before you go ahead and start breaking them. With that in mind, I reset last week's paragraph project with simpler type. I won't show you the original, but take my word for it, this is much better.
My next project was a card, and (shocker) I went with the "thank you" variety. Mama raised me right. And I can't lie – I may have missed (or just found) my calling as a thank you card copywriter, because once I got started doodling ideas I was a veritable runaway train of gratitude.
I'm so pleased with how it turned out. I also I love that a letterpress dingbat/illustration is totally acceptable (retro, adorable!) in a way that clip art will never be. It's so fun to open all the drawers and search for just the perfect thing – there are so many delicious options.
Do something nice for me and I'll send one your way!
PS. Did you know that the ampersand comes from the French "et"? In some of its forms, you can still see how the "e" is crossed with a "t" to make the shape. A little cocktail party conversation for ya.