Letterpress Calendar and GIVEAWAY!!

I was excited to get back in the letterpress studio a couple weeks ago. This time, I was working on a calendar page for the annual Pyramid Atlantic Letterpress Calendar fundraiser. I was assigned my first choice month, which was June.
IMG 7215 Letterpress Calendar and GIVEAWAY!!
Ahh, June. Summertime at it’s freshest. Eliot was born on the first day of summer this year, which was June 21st. That inspired this design of a whole menagerie of hand-drawn summertime illustrations. 
 I initially drew the designs in black ink on printer paper. Then I scanned the page into photoshop and moved each illustration until I was happy with the arrangement. Then I taught myself to separate the design into layers so I could order two different plates for the two-color design. I’m sure it would have taken someone else far less time than it took me, but I feel so much better equipped to create new designs in the future!
IMG 7204 Letterpress Calendar and GIVEAWAY!!
I went to Pyramid armed with my plates, and then had to finalize my color choices. I have traditionally not been great at mixing ink to specific colors, but for this design I was really hoping for nice, bold yellow. I was so pleased when it printed just right.
IMG 7203 Letterpress Calendar and GIVEAWAY!!
 A hundred and fifty pages later, I was ready to clean the press and mix my second color.
IMG 7206 Letterpress Calendar and GIVEAWAY!!
Last month a fellow printer showed me how she uses the Pantone formula guide for ink colors, even without a scale. I’ve followed in her footsteps and have been amazed by the accuracy! My dark navy blue took two colors of blue and a touch of black to come out right. And the colors always look so very different when on the press. It’s always a little bit of an adventure to see how they really print!
Here’s a look at the process of printing my second color:
IMG 7207 Letterpress Calendar and GIVEAWAY!!
IMG 7208 Letterpress Calendar and GIVEAWAY!!
IMG 7211 Letterpress Calendar and GIVEAWAY!!
IMG 7212 Letterpress Calendar and GIVEAWAY!!
IMG 7213 Letterpress Calendar and GIVEAWAY!!
The paper feeds into the press, is rolled around and over the inked polymer plate, and comes out perfectly! I was so happy with the dimension that the second color added to my hand-drawn images.
IMG 72141 Letterpress Calendar and GIVEAWAY!!
Done and done. 
My June page is in some great company in this year’s calendar. Every month was designed and hand printed by one or two certified letterpress printer(s) from Pyramid Atlantic. The calendar features several different styles of printing, including hand set type, carved linoleum block, pressure printing, rainbow roll inking and even some handmade paper embellishment. It is a limited edition art calendar, and the proceeds from all of the sales go to further support Pyramid and it’s many programs.
photo%25282%2529+2 Letterpress Calendar and GIVEAWAY!!
For my work as a volunteer printer, I was given two copies of this year’s calendar. 
I am going to keep and use one, and give one away.
And YOU my friend, may be the lucky recipient of that gift:)
To enter the 2012 letterpress calendar giveaway do the following:
1. Leave a comment on this post 
2. Share which is your favorite month and why
3. Leave an email if your profile is private
For additional entries (leave separate comments for each):
1. Become a new follower or subscribe to One Little Minute 
2. Like One Little Minute Blog on Facebook 
(didn’t know there was one? Well, it’s new. I was getting around to sharing it:)  
3. Follow me on Twitter
(didn’t know I tweeted? Well, I do. Sometimes. But not so much to be annoying.)
4. Share this giveaway (or another favorite One Little Minute post) on YOUR Facebook page.
The letterpress calendar giveaway closes this Friday and the winner will be announced Monday, the 14th. Good luck! 
I wish you all could win, but lucky for those of you who don’t the calendar is available for purchase HERE. It sold out super fast last year, so if you want one, don’t hesitate!
pixel Letterpress Calendar and GIVEAWAY!!

53 Comments

  1. Rik
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    I love November – the perfect weather, and my birthday month!

  2. Rik
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    I also already subscribe to your posts. :)

  3. Mad About Pink
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    August is my fave.
    Great work! this giveaway is sooooo cool.

  4. missweb
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    So pretty! Hoping they ship to the great white north…

    kirenmoore@yahoo.com

  5. LAINA
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    I love September and October, it is a toss up. I love the cool air of the fall, the crisp leaves.

    lainacampbell@gmail.com

  6. Mallory
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    I love the month of September because of the weather and it's my birthday!

    mallory.sue.smith@gmail.com

  7. Mallory
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I am following you on twitter! @plan_it_mallory

  8. Mallory
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I 'liked' you on facebook

  9. Mallory
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    I already subscribe to your blog!

    missmallorysue.blogspot.com

  10. yours truly
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    So… this is you slowing down huh? hehe:)

    October NO doubt. Halloween, fall leaves, apple cider, sweaters, football season…. I could go on and on.

  11. Coujones
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Do I have to pick a favorite? There's something to love about all of them!

  12. Coujones
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    I liked your Facebook page!

  13. Coujones
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    I follow you on Twitter!

  14. Our Pratt Pack
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    I think October I LOVE FALL and HALLOWEEN!!

  15. Alicia
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    I love February, because it's my birthday month. And I love Valentine's Day!

  16. Alicia
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Oh, and I am subscribed to your posts.

  17. Alicia
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    And I just started following you on Facebook!

  18. Kate @SwimBikeQuilt
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Love the calendars. June is my favorite, and not just because it's my birthday. Not so hot as to be annoying, but a whole summer of fun to look forward to :)

  19. Kate @SwimBikeQuilt
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    I'm adding an extra comment, as we are twitter friends and all. welcome home, by the way.

  20. The Purds
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    My favorite is November, simple, understated and beautiful!

  21. Chelsea
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    I am definitely a lover of the fall months, being a New Englander. This calendar looks gorgeous and I have a serious addiction to beautiful calendars. My mom buys me a Catherine Greer calendar every year and I enjoy her gorgeous artwork from month to month. But I would love to make a space on my wall for this beauty of calendar, too :)

  22. carol
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    I love yours of course! and April, Sept.and Oct.I'm partial to yellow orange and bold.

  23. Megs
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    I love July because it's the middle of Summer and my birthday month, but there's something about September that's always exciting!

  24. Megs
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    I liked your facebook page :)

  25. Megs
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    I'm following your blog!

    meg.liv2@gmail.com

  26. SF
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    July is my favorite month! Summer, my birthday and the 4th of July how does the year get much better than that?

  27. SF
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    I'm following you on twitter! Tweet :d

  28. SF
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    and…..I like you on FB! 3 entries, fingers crossed.

  29. kristine
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    April is my favorite because well… it's my BIRTHDAY month! Also, it means that winter is ending and summer is on it's way. How can one NOT love April??? But I do love your June creation… great job friend! Now, let the lottery pick be me!

  30. Megs
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    I also shared the link on facebook…I really want that calendar :)

    meg.liv2@gmail.com

  31. Christy
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    I like the April, bold simple and seems like a celebration of spring!

  32. Christy
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Oh I also followed your blog.

  33. Christy
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    I follow your tweets…i am private though cfg1011

  34. Christy
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Oh and I liked your facebook. You seem to have all the energy I don't.

  35. Courtney
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    April is my fave! Everything is coming back to life after the long winter, AND it's my birthday month.

    I liked you on facebook, and I follow you on twitter :)

  36. Alisha
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    That is an awesome calendar! My favorite month is January- a new start, and my birthday month!

    themorganclan @ gmail . com

  37. Unknown
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 3:25 am | Permalink

    May. It is the month things come to life. It is also the month I became a mommy.

    hdohrn77@hotmail.com

  38. Unknown
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    I liked your facebook.

    hdohrn77@hotmail.com

  39. Valerie Elsewhere
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 3:57 am | Permalink

    Your june is lovely :) My favorite month is May, because here in Utah it finally starts to warm up, plus everything is in bloom, the whole world is new and fresh and this year it will mean graduating from college!

  40. corinne
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    Gorg! Hard to choose — your June is super inviting and fun but I also love the schooliness of September!

    Side note: as per your suggestion, I visited the Alameda Antique Faire this past Sunday — so fun! Wrote a little post about it — thanks so much! Also, turns out I live 9..yes 9 blocks from Ribbonerie and will be visiting asap!

    http://abrightbite.blogspot.com/2011/11/alameda-antique-fair.html

    ~Corinne

  41. Megan
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    I liked you on facebook :)

  42. Megan
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    I became a subscriber of your post.

    I love June the best. It is the best weather, and my birthday month!!

  43. Megan
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    I follow you on twitter!!

  44. ivyjeanne
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    So I'm going to enter even though I never win. Favorite month? So hard to say but I love spring so I'll go with April — I love going on walks and enjoying the fresh blossoms and new leaves.

    Your June page turned out great!

  45. Kara
    Posted November 10, 2011 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    I've always loved October — the change of seasons, the fall colors, and making Halloween costumes!

  46. Kara
    Posted November 10, 2011 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    I "like" you on facebook! :)

  47. Linda and Matthew
    Posted November 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    November is my favorite month. It's perfect fall weather with the occasional snow, the holidays are approaching and it's my birthday month! How much better can it get?

  48. Linda and Matthew
    Posted November 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    I already subscribe to your posts!

  49. rachele and jordan
    Posted November 11, 2011 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    I think it's a tie- I love October with the fall weather and colors and the excitement of all the upcoming holidays. But, I also love May. my boy's birthdays and the warm weather and new flowers after a long winter is so exciting.

  50. Tessa K
    Posted November 11, 2011 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    My favorite month is October. Beautiful weather and beautiful trees!

  51. SF
    Posted November 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    oops my email is esf328 at gmail

  52. Steph
    Posted November 12, 2011 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    May. My husband and two kids have their birthdays in may. It's a family celebration!

  53. Willow Press
    Posted November 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Hey Miranda!! Thanks for the little link to my etsy. Glad that little trick helped! Been perusing your blog and love it and love the calender- total perfection! Saw it the other day when I went in and June was my fav- didn't look to see it was yours! Great job. Hope to see you soon at pyramid :)

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