Letterpress with Grapheme and Field Trip Society

Another awesome Field Trip Society class under my belt. :)

What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, surrounded by beautiful handcrafted letterpress goods, type drawers, and creativity. I needed this time to get my hands moving on something other than a keyboard. Field Trip Society puts together awesome events, and I am more and more impressed each time I take a class. If you haven’t tried one of their classes you should.

This class we were doing Valentine’s Day Letterpress Cards at Grapheme in Seattle. The shop is so lovely, and the products are absolutely beautiful. If you’re in the area and in need of some cards, stop by!

 

We did two projects, the first was a blind emboss of a heart on one press. We were given the choice to either leave the cards a-la-natural, or do some watercolor on top. They had some examples of potential patterns to paint as inspiration.

 

Our second project was choosing a small phrase to typeset, and/or choose some pre-existing valentines illustrations to go with it. Typesetting is more challenging than it sounds, and it makes you REALLY appreciate how newspapers were entirely set with this type back in the day. I can’t even imagine.

 

To finish off the cards, we were given different colored envelopes to choose from, stickers as accents, or even trace and cut some envelope flap inserts. No details overlooked during this workshop! This is what I love about Field Trip Society’s classes. :)

The finished product…yes, it’s a design pun. :) Hope you all had a Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Holiday Wreaths with Fortunate Orchard & Field Trip Society

Last Sunday I attended this wreath making class with Field Trip Society and Fortunate Orchard. It was a perfect opportunity to start off the holiday season, as well as catch up with some friends that I haven’t seen in awhile. Field Trip Society offers awesome classes, and this one was as great as the ones I’ve taken in the past. A few of the folks in the class have taken this one before and it’s become a holiday tradition for them. I think I agree with this sentiment, and will probably do it again next year!

 

THE LOCATION

The class was held at the Seward Park Audubon Center. It was a drizzly and cold day in Seattle, but this location was so awesome. We warmed up by the fire with cookies and hot cider.

 

THE MATERIALS

So many gorgeous swags of greenery and additions like branches, pine cones and dried berries.

 

THE PROCESS

The instructions weren’t complicated, but it just took some good old elbow grease (and some gardening gloves) to tie all the boughs onto the grapevine wreath.

 

THE FINISHED PRODUCT

Here is my first ever created wreath! It’s not super clean, but I kind of like it’s natural look. :)