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Wedding photo album: Artifact Uprising
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I am a little bit embarrassed to say that I only got our wedding photos printed into an album just before Christmas. That is 3 and a half years after we got married! Whoops. I had started and tried to finish it lots of times but it just seemed like too big a task and life was always so busy I just kept putting it off. 

Anyway I want to share some pictures with you of how it turned out. After umming and ahhing about who to get it printed with I decided to go for Artifact Uprising. I had admired their albums for a while but had been put off because they were based in America and I figured the shipping would cost a lot. In then end I just decided to go for it - and it did end up being quite an expensive option, but when it arrived I was so pleased with my decision. This is going to be a book that I will treasure for ever so I am glad I spent the money.

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The quality of the book is really incredible.  The cloth hardboard cover is beautiful and I really loved the colour choices they had on offer. I actually decided to go for a nice grey as I wanted something subtle and not bright. The print and paper quality is also stunning (and trust me I am a print nerd so I really care about that sort of thing). There were different options in terms of the paper cover - and I decided to go for one that only partially covered the book because I really love the cloth binding and wanted that to be a visible feature of the book.

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I found the whole process of using the Artifact Uprising website really easy (it was the editing and choosing the photos that took all the time!). They had plenty of different page layouts to choose from and you could even customise them to a certain degree if you wanted something a bit different (I didn't really make use of that as I liked the really simple existing layouts but I know other places where you can get books printed are pretty limited on page layouts so I like that it was an option). 

Another good thing about the website is that you can save products and come back to them later so you don't have to complete the book in one sitting. This was vital for me because it took me so long and I kept changing my mind so it was nice to go back to it and not have to start from scratch again! 

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I think if you want to get one really special book printed I would definitely recommend Artifact Uprising. The only draw back is the fact that they are in the US and so it costs a lot. I recently found a good UK company doing photo books so I will be sharing a review of that in the next week or two! 

This year since having a baby, getting photos off my phone and camera is one of my goals! We have never been very good at having photos around the house of us or our family but that needs to change I think.

Hope you have a great week! 

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Linocut experiments

For my birthday this year NM bought me a linocutting starter kit from Linocut boy on etsy. It was such a great gift and I love how it was all packaged and presented. Sadly it sat on my shelf for a few months before I found time to have a play around, but last week I finally got the chance. 

I have done screen printing before at art college and couple of years ago I did a letterpress course which I loved so I was really excited about learning a new printing technique. 

The box included everything I needed to get started. A roller, a beautiful set of carving tools, some small pieces of lino (which are easy to buy more of when you run out) black ink (am excited to experiment with other colour later on but black was all i needed to get started).

If you decide to give lino printing a go, my top tip to you would be make sure you have some plasters handy. Haha. It wasn't too bad but i did cut myself once - am hoping as my technique improves that will happen less often. 

So I started off pretty simple and inspired by autumn drew some simple leaf shapes. The smaller one on the left above worked much better for printing than the one on the right. I also had an old stamp handle so I stuck it onto that since it was so small and I found it easier to stamp it rather than lay the paper on top of it (which is what you do for larger prints). I really like how the pattern came out below. I actually used an ink stamp I had in a green colour rather than the black ink. It is pretty rough and basic but it was an encouraging start. I would really like to make some more patterns like this incorporating different shapes and colours. 

I then experimented with the black ink on different scraps of coloured paper I had lying around. For some reason the black ink didn't seem to stamp as well for me, but I think I just need to keep experimenting to see what works best and also making sure that I roll the ink on smoothly. I think often I want to see amazing and perfect results straight away and forget that I actually need to practise and take time to learn a new skill. Patience does not come naturally to me! Ha.

I started sketching out and carving a new design for a greeting card (below). I am not sure how it will turn out but I will keep experimenting and let you know how I get on. 

I don't think linocut boy is selling these started kits at the moment but if he ever does again I can't recommend them highly enough - such a good place to start. (Check out his shop anyway though because he obviously has skills when it comes to linocutting and it gives me inspiration for something to work towards).

You can buy linocutting kits all over the place so if you are keen to have a go just google and see what you can find. 

Letterpress - Week 2/3

The last two weeks of the letterpress course we have been playing around with wooden type. I was drooling by the time she had pulled out all the different draws of type. They were beautiful. Some of them were really old, and some of the typefaces were incredible. We started of using an Albion press and then the week after we were using a Vandercook press. The Vandercook was the first press we had used that had mechanical rollers so as you pulled the rollers across the type they were inked. The cool thing about the Vandercook is that depending on how where you place the ink on the rollers you can create really beautiful gradients. We were just playing around and doing experiments as a group so it doesn't really mean anything but there were some really lovely effects that came out. I think that is what I love about letterpress...the happy accidents - things that would never happen if you were doing this on a computer. I love the ampersand near the top right of the image below and the effects that are created by over printing. So satisfying. Next week we are going to be using the Adana presses. Will let you know how I get on!! (all the images were edited with VSCO CAM)