Monday, March 9, 2009


Vertallee Letterpress, Austin, Texas

I have long been an admirer of the art of letterpress. I love the texture of the stock, the indentation where the ink lays and the old art of the process. Lovely, well crafted, raised letters and patterns pressed into thick paper.

In the February~March issue of Victoria magazine there is an article about The Austin Press in San Francisco. The owner, Kimberly explains the process, gives us a short tour of the press room and there are many examples of her exquisite work.

I can get lost in a stationery shop. One that has a fine selection of fountain pens, inks, journals,
wax sealers, cards and catalogs where I can dream up color combinations for notes, calling cards,
and stationery. If you are fortunate to be near a Mrs. John Strong Boutique or one of the many retailers that carry this line ~ take the time to visit~ you will most certainly walk away with a divine wish list.

Who doesn't love going to the mailbox and finding something special, addressed just for them?

Just recently I received a lovely note from Patricia at PVE Design~ beautiful letterpress, hefty card stock, enveloped in her signature twin bird motif.

I hope you visit a special stationery shop in your area ~ spend some time to really look, feel, smell the offering it holds. The visit alone is enough to get your creative juices flowing.

The following is a short list of stationers or Letterpress shops that you may find interesting.

~ Papier Gourmet- Portland, Maine

~ Real Card Studio- Check website for a location near you. Heather also has a blog~Here!

~ Bella Figura- Syracuse, NY

Do you enjoy perusing a fine stationery shop?
What are a few of the things on your wish list?


  1. Thanks for the mention. As you know I love letterpress and one of my weaknesses are shops as you mentioned along with art supply stores.
    I have been known to be lost and found in stores like that!

  2. Deb, I so love letterpress too! The feel and process of it reminds me of the past.
    Thank you for the wonderful places to visit.

  3. Yes, another letterpress fan here. I love Studio Z in Mendicino & a wonderful Aussie Company Bespoke Press in Brisbane. Both worth a look if you get a moment Debra.
    Millie ^_^

  4. PVE~ Yes! Art supply shops too! The small independent ones. Let's go shopping, shall we?

    Joyce~ Well, then you need to join PVE and I on our little shopping adventure!

    Millie~ I'm going to take my coffee, and visit these places right now! Thanks for the tip.

  5. A beautiful stationary or art supply store is a great place to escape. I love a nice card and a wonderful letter pressed one is a work of art.

  6. Oh, yes, definitely, The papers, pens, art supplies, Moleskins, so much for those of us in the art trade!

  7. Kwana~ Makes me want to run off and escape the Monday morning chores and errands.

    Karena~ I bet you have some great paper and art shops nearby! So relaxing, like an old book shop. I fear these are a dying breed.

  8. Thanks for the mention, Debra! I have to agree, there is nothing quite like fine letterpress, and a small stationery store to shop for it!

  9. Heather~ My pleasure! I look forward to new things on your lovely blog.

  10. Stationery shops are lovely... however I NEVER send cards... so I rarely go to them. Not to mention if I do send cards I make them from my art!
    I ADORE letterpress it is BEAUTIFUL!

  11. Love the beautiful letterpress, Debra! And I have always loved stationery shops, too. Great post!

  12. Ah, we share this love. Beautiful post, and I'm looking forward to visiting these links you've shared.

  13. I love letterpress and have a love of beautiful stationary! Great post.


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