Introduction to Letterpress

Print & Book Arts

Introduction to Letterpress - Thank You Cards

Learn how to use the Challenge proof press and set wood type and ornaments as we make a run of Thank You cards.

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 3/23/2024 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sat, 3/23/2024


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Class, No Prerequisite

Print & Book Arts Studio



You will use wood type, ornaments, and/or cuts to create your design. We'll then go over locking the type securely in a chase and learn how to load it into the press. After printing, you'll trim and score your prints to letter size. Envelopes will be included and we will be trading prints, so you will go home with an assortment of work including your own!


We'll take a 30-minute lunch break around 1 pm. Please bring lunch. There is a microwave and refrigerator on the lower level you can use.


You will create a variety of letterpress Thank You cards.


A $10 materials fee is included in the cost of the class, covering the materials you'll need, including French Paper Company’s cardstock and envelopes.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Eli Backer

Eli Backer is an artist, composer, and engineer who works in a wide range of media and is constantly making. A Bainbridge native, she holds a master's degree in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a bachelor's in computer engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Her work can be found in the Cynthia Sears Artist’s Books Collection at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, at the Center for Book Arts in NYC, and at the Fleet Library in Providence, R.I. She finds setting type and working with the presses quite meditative.

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