The Letterpress Adventure Begins!

Hey! I got a printing press! And she lives in my garage:

This is my new {old} Poco Proof Press No. 0! In the afternoons, I strap on my apron and go out to my garage and play. I’m just beginning to collect printing supplies/tools, so currently my repertoire is pretty small (I only have a handful of letters to print with), but I’ve been playing around nonetheless.

I love just to possess and look at this gorgeous wood type! It is the physical incarnation of the letters I love so much!

This is one of my first prints of my new wood letters, after I realized I could keep running the same paper through the press for an interesting layered look. This discovery is now providing endless joy to me as I see how I can manipulate it. Also, I discovered I could spell a few interesting words with my group of mismatched letters:

I am completely in love with the gorgeous impression I got on the letter “Q” here—it makes such graceful shapes, and I got especially excited about how it looked when I printed in a faded light gray tone (after printing over and over without re-inking the letters, I arrived at the different shades of gray).

And of course, always there is rhyming in my brain:

I have another set of letters on the way found through the amazing ebay! More letterpress fun to come! Stay tuned!


12 Responses to “The Letterpress Adventure Begins!”

  1. 1 Charmaine.Watkiss August 12, 2011 at 8:20 am

    What a beauty! Lucky you, I am sure you will have hours of fun!

  2. 2 Malea August 12, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Ohhhhh….I am in love! LOL! I wish I had the space (and money) to get a press! That is too cool! Your work is already transformative, but I think this will push you to an entirely new level. Rock on Nicole!

  3. 3 Sarah August 12, 2011 at 10:05 am

    That looks very cool and fun!

  4. 4 jaja August 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm


  5. 5 Nicole | Blue Bicicletta August 15, 2011 at 6:59 am

    you guys make me smile! Thanks for being as excited as I am!

  6. 6 Amy August 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Ooh, congratulations! That’s beautiful. (You know, I actually took that beginning letterpress class at the SF Center for the Book as well! I went with a friend–it was a few years ago now.)

  7. 8 geoffpope August 18, 2011 at 9:57 am

    wOOps! I meant to exclaim that from this acCOWnt:


  8. 9 Kerri August 18, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH! I LOVE EVERYTHING! Oh my goodness, I can imagine you must never want to leave the press alone! It all looks so gorgeous! I am insanely jealous! Those wooden letters on their own are breathtaking too! Can’t wait to see more!

  9. 10 Christine August 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Lucky you! Hope you have lots and lots of ‘pressing fun!

  10. 11 Eartha September 12, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Marvelous, what a blog it is! Thiis web site preesents useful information to
    us, keep it up.

  1. 1 Rhyming Fun Wild Letterpress {the first} Prints for Sale! « blue bicicletta Trackback on August 19, 2011 at 9:00 am

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Hello there! My name is Nicole K. Docimo, and I am an artist and writer from the U.S.A. but currently residing in Zurich, Switzerand. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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