Wednesday, 15 March 2017

One of a Kind Show Promo Code

We've be fortunate to be selected as one of the Artisans to be part of the 2017 One of a Kind Show (OOAKS) in Toronto. We will be putting together some posts in the weeks following the show to share some of the challenges and experiences we encountered in both applying and preparing for our very first OOAKS. In the meantime, if you are planning on attending the upcoming show, we have a sweet promo code to share with you.

If you purchase your tickets online, use the promo code ETJ3NMXG (all caps) to get tickets for only $12 versus the $15 at the door. For full information about OOAK show, purchasing tickets, and seeing the full artisan list click here.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Pens for Lettra

Today we had a great question come to us via twitter from Kelani Irene (@KIFN) about which pens are best for writing on Crane Lettra. At Backyard we are frequent users of ball point pens and have typically used them - like thousands, if not millions of others - to write on our letterpressed card with no real issue (other than them dying on us mid-word). So,to try and help Kelani out, we gathered up a small sample of pens with different tips and nibs to showcase potential differences of their inky impressions on lettra cotton rag.

Here are the writing candidates (right to left in photo):
1) Straedtler Norica 132 46 HB2 pencil - freshly sharpened.
2) Bic Ultra Round Stic Grip - our daily user
3) Uni Jetstream - our secondary daily user
4) Straedtler Pigment Liner 0.3
5) Sharpie twin tip - fine tip used here
6) Prismacolour 005
7) Bic Velocity 
8) Pentel Brush pen

Sorry no fountain pen on hand - but maybe we'll update this list to include it in the future.
And here are the results:

As you can see most of the pens we had on hand wrote very well on the smooth cotton surface of the lettra. The Straedtler Pigment Liner 0.3 (4th line "a test of pens"), Sharpie twin tip (6th line "on lettra"), and Pentel Brush pen (last line "what fun!") appeared to have more 'bleeding' into the paper, but nothing to make the writing incomprehensible. The lettra seems to absorb these felt tip, more ink saturated pen types.

Our personal choice is the old fashion trusted ball point, like the Bic Ultra Round Stic Grip and Uni Jetstream, or the Straedtler Pigment Liner for a deeper black . However, saying that, we have by no means presented an exhaustive list of pens. If you have any suggestions of pens (or other writing implements for that matter) to try out we are happy oblige. So send us an email with your pen suggestions. Ultimately though it's not what you use to write with, rather the sentiments written that will hit the mark.

Hope we guided you a little Kelani in choosing a pen for your lettra letterpress paper needs.
Happy letterpressing!!

Friday, 6 November 2015

The letterpress card upgrade

There are some great cards in our collection that we originally produced through digital or silk screen printing processes. These include such favorites like our holiday venn diagram cards and our recent glow in the dark creations. These were originally designed with letterpress intentions, but with our excitement and eagerness, produced them by other means to share our joy when letterpress wasn't a viable option. 

But that was yesterday!!

Today these cards are getting the upgrade they were made for - printed on 100% cotton rag lettra, smashed with VanSon custom mixed inks and lovingly press by our hand fed C&P. There's just no matching letterpress!!!
There are quite a few cards getting the upgrade and we are ridiculously excited for them to be printed in the fashion for which they were designed. We will be posting pictures via twitter and adding posts to the blog as we go through the stack. So, look forward to seeing some oldies getting a letterpress face-lift in the next couple weeks and all of them will be added to our shop just in time for the holiday season.

Happy letterpressing!!

Friday, 23 October 2015

We missed you internets!

Well Hello Hello!!
It may have come to your attention that we have been on a hiatus for quite some time. You may have thought we disappeared, or maybe something bad had happened, or even worse - that we forgot about you, our dear internet friends!
Don't fret friends - we haven't forgot about you. How could we you devilishly wonderful peeps! We have simply been in a state of constant transition over the last year. You may have read our previous post that we were moving to Ontario way back in October 2014. Well that happened and we found ourselves in the beautiful city of Pickering. Though Pickering was wonderful for us with its beautiful fall foliage, sandy beaches, and plethora of  Starbucks in close proximity, our slew of letterpress equipment just wasn't 'feeling it' (ie. we just didn't have a space to operate our equipment). So, in February of 2015, we made the move to Mississauga, Ontario, where we have found a wee studio space in which we finally moved all our letterpress equipment in to.  With all that moving it has taken us nearly 8 months to get settled, unpack all our pressessories (letterpress accessories), set up our new space, and get back to business. In fact, we are still in the process of getting our main C&P up and running due to some damaged incurred during transit. But we are happy to say, that at least for now we can begin to concentrate or returning to business as usual - even if the transition may continue to be slow.
So it's great to see you once again internets! We missed you a whole bunch and can't wait to post some great new things in the upcoming weeks and months as we get back up to speed.
Happy letterpressing!!

Friday, 5 December 2014

Glow in the Coasters

With all the excitement of using glow in the dark inks, we recently produced some glow in the dark paper coasters too. These ones are inspired by some classic glasswares we had around the house that we used for storing homemade jams. Each set contains 6 hand drawn images containing classic Kerr, Ball, Dominion, Ideal, Bernadine and Crown glass jars. We hand silk screened each one using gold and custom mixed glow in the dark inks.