Tuesday, 24 August 2010

For the love of letterpress

Letterpress is a form of printing that was developed in the mid-15th century in which a reversed, raised surface was covered with ink and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image. Letters and images were set by hand and the result of this workmanship left an impression into the paper, giving a wonderful visual definition to the artwork. Letterpress became nearly obsolete with the need for a quicker method of printing, but is currently seeing a revival in the printing world as it evokes a quality and craftsmanship that is not often found in other printing methods today. R+J adores letterpressing just about any invitation or notecard as we believe the lovely texture it creates adds to the modern-vintage look we strive to achieve.

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