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Letterpress – a quick history

The Artisan Press compositorContemporary letterpress printing is a careful blend of ink, pressure and paper mixed with a generous helping of skill. The unique printed result remains sought after for its hand-made appeal and wonderful aura of quality.

Letterpress is a form of printing called relief printing, and is the oldest method of printing known to mankind. Printing this way, in the sense of impressing an inked surface with another material, dates back to A.D. 175 courtesy of the Chinese, who are also credited with inventing paper 75 years earlier. Over the centuries, printing spread throughout Asia to Japan, Korea, Turkey and eventually Europe.

From this early period until the middle of the 15th century, the actual process remained the same. Blocks of wood or stone were cut away with tools leaving a raised image, which was then inked. The surrounding areas, which were lower, did not receive ink. Paper was laid on the inked image and pressure applied by rubbing bamboo, bone or a dry brush to the back of the sheet. The inked image was transferred directly to paper.

GutenbergWe generally think of printing as a European invention and that’s because of one man – Johannes Gutenberg. In 1450 Gutenberg changed everything. Foremost, he invented a way of creating movable type by casting individual letters in hot metal, removing the need to carve whole pages out of wooden blocks. But he also invented oil based printing ink and most importantly – the printing press. His main client in those days was the Church. During this period the Church employed scribes to hand write and illustrate each page, called illumination. Importantly, there was generally only one copy of each book. The printing press meant that pages could now be duplicated easily.

The Artisan Press letterpressThe printing press and its associated industries undertook a lot of changes and development over the next few centuries in order to achieve greater production speeds. By the late 1960s and early 1970s letterpress was discarded by the printing industry in favour of offset lithography, which together with various forms of digital printing, are now the major printing techniques used today for the production of most printed materials.

Today, letterpress is generally considered a craft. It is no longer taught as a major component to printing trade apprentices (printing machinists). Its skills and techniques have been largely passed on by an older generation to a new generation of printers willing to explore the unique possibilities available using a combination of old and new technology in the pursuit of beautiful printing. 

The Artisan Press’ Wayne Davis completed his printing apprenticeship in the last trade years of letterpress, under the watchful eyes of both a Dutch and an English Master Printer. Now privileged information, Wayne uses these traditional techniques combined with techniques he’s developed since 1999 to push the boundaries of what is possible with ink, paper and pressure.

 

Wording tips

  • Posted On March 13, 2012
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These days with so many different family situations, wedding stationery wording can be complicated. Below are several save the date, engagement, wedding, RSVP and thank you wording samples which may help you in the creation of your stationery wording. Keep in mind unless you are seeking a formal style invitation there are no hard and fast rules.

Save the date card

From bride and groom

From bride and groom for a special destination wedding

Engagement invitation

From bride and groom

From bride and groom with parents

From both parents of the bride and groom

Wedding invitation

Hosted by bride’s parents

Hosted by groom’s parents

Hosted by bride and groom

Hosted by bride and groom’s parents

Hosted by bride and groom with parents

Hosted by bride’s divorced and remarried parents

Hosted by bride’s widowed mother or father

Hosted by brides remarried mother and husband

Hosted by brides divorced mother (not remarried)

Hosted by bride’s parents separated (still share surname)

Hosted by bride’s parents, mother divorced & remarried

Hosted by bride’s parents divorced, mother absent / father remarried

Hosted by bride’s parents divorced, father absent / mother remarried

Hosted by bride’s mother widowed (not remarried)

Hosted by groom’s parents / bride’s parents absent

Hosted by bride and groom wedding at friend’s house

Hosted by bride and groom reception at friend’s house

RSVP Card

Thank you cards

SAVE THE DATE CARDS

From bride and groom to be

Please save the date of

Saturday 15th November 2013

for our wedding

Invitation and details to follow

Jennifer and Matthew

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Save the date!

Jennifer and Matthew

will be getting married on

Saturday 15th November 2013

St Andrews Church, Manly

Formal invitation to follow

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Please save the date

We will be getting married on

Saturday 15th November 2013

St Andrews Church, Manly

Invitation and details to follow

Jennifer and Matthew

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Save the date!

Jennifer and Matthew

will be getting married on

Saturday 15th November 2013

St Andrews Church, Manly

Formal invitation to follow

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From bride and groom to be for a special destination wedding

Save the date!

Join us for the weekend wedding of

Jennifer and Matthew

The festivities begin on Friday 14th November 2013
ending Sunday 16th November 2013

Accommodation has been organised at
The Pacific Club Resort, Perigian Qld

Please call 0754 446 1789
and let them know that you are with

Jennifer and Matthew’s wedding party

Looking forward to seeing you there

Jennifer and Matthew

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ENGAGEMENT INVITATION CARDS

From bride and groom

Jennifer Kingston and Matthew Williams

request the pleasure of your company
at their engagement party

on Saturday 15th September 2013
at 6.30pm

The Wentworth Hotel
George Street, Sydney

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Phone: (02) 9997 1340
Dress: Lounge suit

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From both parents of the bride and groom

Mr and Mrs Christopher Kingston
together with
Mr and Mrs Gary Williams
are proud to invite

_______________________________

to celebrate the engagement of their children
Jennifer and Matthew

on Saturday 15th September 2013
at 6.30pm

The Wentworth Hotel
George Street, Sydney

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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From bride and groom with parents

Together with their parents

Jennifer Kingston and Matthew Williams

request the pleasure of your company
at their engagement party

on Saturday 15th September 2013
at 6.30pm

The Wentworth Hotel
George Street, Sydney

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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WEDDING INVITATION WORDING

Hosted by bride’s parents

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Kingston
request the pleasure
of the company of
_______________________________

at the marriage of their daughter
Jennifer Elizabeth
to

Mr. Matthew John Williams
at St Andrews Church, Manly
on Saturday 15th November 2013
at 2.30pm
and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel
George Street, Sydney

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Kingston

invite
_______________________________

to share in the joy
of the marriage uniting their daughter
Jennifer Elizabeth
to
Mr. Matthew John Williams
son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Williams

on Saturday, Sixteenth of July
2013
at St Andrews Church, Manly
at 2.30pm
and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Christopher and Mary Kingston
invite

_______________________________

to share in the
love and happiness of the
marriage of their daughter
Jennifer Elizabeth
to
Matthew John Williams
at St Andrews Church, Manly

on Saturday 15th November 2013
at 2.30 pm
and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel
at 6.00 pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Hosted by groom’s parents.

Mr and Mrs Gary Williams
request the pleasure of the company of

_______________________________

at the marriage of
Miss Jennifer Elizabeth Kingston
to their son
Mr. Matthew John Williams
at St Andrews Church, Manly
on Saturday 15th November 2013
at 2.30pm

and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel
at 6.00pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Mr. and Mrs. Gary Williams
request the honourof
_______________________________

presence

at the marriage of
Ms. Jennifer Elizabeth Kingston
to their son
Matthew John Williams
On Saturday, the sixteenth of July
Two Thousand and Ten
at St Andrews Church, Manly
at two pm
and reception afterwards at

The Manly Pacific Hotel
at six pm.

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Hosted by bride and groom

The honourof
_______________________________

presence is requested at the marriage of
Ms. Jennifer Elizabeth Kingston

to
Mr. Matthew John Williams
On Saturday, the sixteenth of July
Two Thousand and Ten
at St Andrews Church, Manly
at two pm
and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel
at six pm

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_______________________________

The pleasure of your company is requested
at the marriage of
Jennifer Kingston
and
Matthew Williams
On Saturday, the sixteenth of July
Two Thousand and Ten

at St Andrews Church, Manly
at two pm
and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel
at six pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Jennifer Elizabeth Kingston
and
Matthew John Williams
invite

_______________________________

to share in their joy
when they exchange marriage vows
and begin their new life together
at St Andrews Church, Manly
on Saturday 15th November 2013
at 2.30 pm
and reception afterwards at

The Manly Pacific Hotel
at 6.00 pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Jennifer Elizabeth Kingston
and
Matthew John Williams
are pleased to announce
they will be married

on Saturday, November Fifteenth
Two Thousand and Ten
during a private ceremony
on the Island of Great Keppel
_______________________________

please join us for a
celebration toast
when we return as

husband and wife
Saturday, March 21st
The Manly Pacific Hotel
at six pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Jennifer Elizabeth Kingston
and
Matthew John Williams
invite
_______________________________

to share in their love
and happiness as they exchange
vows of marriage and begin their
new life together
at St Andrews Church, Manly
on Saturday 15th November 2013
at 2.30 pm
and reception afterwards at

The Manly Pacific Hotel
at 6.00pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Hosted by bride and groom’s parents

Mr and Mrs Christopher Kingston
together with
Mr and Mrs Gary Williams
are proud to invite
_______________________________

to celebrate the marriage of their children
Jennifer Elizabeth Kingston
to
Matthew John Williams
at St Andrews Church, Manly
on Saturday 15th November 2013
at 2.30pm
and reception afterwards at

The Manly Pacific Hotel
at 6.00pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Kingston
and
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Williams
request the honourof
_______________________________

presence

at the marriage of their children
Jennifer Elizabeth Kingston
to
Matthew John Williams
Saturday, the tenth of May
Two Thousand and Ten
at four pm
at St Andrews Church, Manly
and reception afterwards at

The Manly Pacific Hotel
at six pm.

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Hosted by bride and groom with parents

Together with their parents
Ms. Jennifer Elizabeth Kingston
and
Mr. Matthew John Williams
request the pleasure of the company of

_______________________________

at their marriage
at St Andrews Church, Manly
on Saturday 15th November 2013
at two pm
and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel
at six pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Together with their families
Ms. Jennifer Elizabeth Kingston
and
Mr Matthew John Williams
request the honourof the presence of
_______________________________

at their marriage
on Saturday, the sixteenth of July

Two Thousand and Ten
at St Andrews Church, Manly
at two pm
and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel
at six pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Together with their parents
Jennifer Elizabeth Kingston

and
Matthew John Williams
invite
_______________________________

to share in their love
and happiness as they exchange
vows of marriage and begin their
new life together

at St Andrews Church, Manly
on Saturday 15th November 2013
at 2.30 pm
and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel
at 6.00 pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Hosted by bride’s divorced and remarried parents

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Michael Kingston

and
Mr. and Mrs.Timothy Ian Taylor
request the honourof
_______________________________

presence
at the marriage of
Jennifer Elizabeth Kingston
to

Mr. Matthew John Williams

On Saturday, the sixteenth of July
Two Thousand and Ten
at St Andrews Church, Manly
at two pm

and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel
at six pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Hosted by bride’s widowed mother or father

Mr./Mrs. Christopher Michael Kingston
requests the honourof
_______________________________

presence
at the marriage of his/her daughter
Jennifer Elizabeth
to

Mr. Matthew John Williams
On Saturday, the sixteenth of July
Two Thousand and Ten
at St Andrews Church, Manly
at two pm
and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel
at six pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Hosted by brides remarried mother and husband

Mr. and Mrs. Ian Taylor request the honourof
_______________________________

presence
at the marriage of Mrs. Taylor’s daughter
Jennifer Elizabeth Kingston
to
Mr. Matthew John Williams
On Saturday, the sixteenth of July

Two Thousand and Ten
at St Andrews Church, Manly
at two pm
and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel
at six pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Hosted by brides divorced mother (not remarried)

Mother uses a combination of her maiden and married name.

Ms. Jane Reid Kingston (maiden and married surnames)
or
Ms. Jane Reid (maiden name)

request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of her daughter

Jennifer Elizabeth Kingston

to
Mr. Matthew John Williams

On Saturday, Fifteenth of November
Two Thousand and Ten
at St Andrews Church, Manly
at two pm

and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel
at six pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Hosted by bride’s parents separated (still share surname)

Mr. Christopher Kingston
and
Mrs. Jane Kingston

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their daughter

Jennifer Elizabeth
to
Mr. Matthew John Williams

at St Andrews Church, Manly
on Saturday 15th November 2013
at 2.30pm

and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel

at 6.00pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Hosted by bride’s parents, mother divorced & remarried.

Brides mother uses her present husband’s name.

Mr. Christopher Kingston
and
Mrs. Ian Taylor
request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their daughter

Jennifer Elizabeth Kingston
to
Mr. Matthew John Williams

at St Andrews Church, Manly
on Saturday 15th November 2013
at 2.30pm

and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel

at 6.00pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Hosted by bride’s parents divorced, mother absent / father remarried

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Kingston
request the pleasure of
your comapny
at the marriage of his daughter

Jennifer Elizabeth

to
Mr. Matthew John Williams

at St Andrews Church, Manly
on Saturday 15th November 2013
at 2.30pm
and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel
at 6.00pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Hosted by bride’s parents divorced, father absent / mother remarried

Mr. & Mrs. Ian Taylor
request the pleasure of
the company of
_______________________________


at the marriage of her daughter

Jennifer Elizabeth Kingston

to
Mr. Matthew John Williams

at St Andrews Church, Manly
on Saturday 15th November 2013
at 2.30pm

and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel
at 6.00pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Hosted by bride’s mother widowed (not remarried)

Mrs. Christopher Kingston
requests the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of her daughter

Jennifer Elizabeth
to
Mr. Matthew John Williams

 

at St Andrews Church, Manly
on Saturday 15th November 2013
at 2.30pm

and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel
at 6.00pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Hosted by groom’s parents / bride’s parents absent

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Williams

request the pleasure of
your company
at the marriage of their son

Matthew John
to
Jennifer Elizabeth Kingston

at St Andrews Church, Manly

on Saturday 15th November 2013
at 2.30pm

and reception afterwards at
The Manly Pacific Hotel
at 6.00pm

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Hosted by bride and groom with wedding at friend’s house

The pleasure of the company of
_______________________________

is requested

at the marriage of

Miss Jennifer Elizabeth Kingston
to
Mr. Matthew John Williams

on Saturday, fifteenth of June
Two Thousand and Ten
at twelve pm

at the residence of
Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm North

Eighteen Nelson Street

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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Hosted by bride and groom reception at friend’s house

_______________________________

please join family and friends
in celebrating the marriage of

Jennifer Kingston and Matthew Williams

Saturday, sixteenth of July
Two Thousand and Ten
at seven o’clock in the evening

St Leo’s Church, 40 Nelson Street
Lindfield

Reception to follow
at the home of Mr and Mrs Malcolm North
18 Nelson Road Lindfield

RSVP: 30th August 2013

Dress: Lounge suit

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RSVP Card

Please respond by 20th October 2013

______ Accepts with pleasure
______ Declines with regret

Names: ______________________

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The favor of a reply is requested

by June 16, 2013.

M__________________________

____Accepts with pleasure

____Declines with regrets

We look forward to

celebrating with you.

Please reply by June 16, 2013

M___________________________

____ accepts _____ regrets

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We will be glad to have your presence
in our joyous moments.

Please respond on or before April 20, 2013

I/We cannot attend _____

I/We will attend _______ Number of guests_____

Names______________________________

___________________________________

___________________________________

We request the pleasure of your company

at the wedding celebration for

Jennifer and Matthew

Please RSVP by August 18, 2013

Name __________________________

Number Attending : Adults ____ Children _____

Seafood____ Vegetarian____

Not able to attend___

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The favor of a reply

Is requested by August 14, 2013

M___________________________

Will attend_____ Will not attend_____

Please indicate your meal choices:

Chicken ____ Vegetarian ____

The favor of a reply

Is requested by August 14, 2013

M___________________________

Will attend_____ Will not attend_____

Special dietary requirements:

___________________________

THANK YOU CARDS

Your presence at our wedding has added
so much love to our special day.

Your gift has brought us joy and will help us
build our life together.

Jennifer and Matthew Williams

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Thank you

for sharing our

happiness.

Jennifer and Matthew Williams

Our sincerest thanks
for all your good wishes
and very lovely gift.

Jennifer and Matthew Williams

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You brought joy to our day

warmth to our lives

and happiness to our hearts.

Thank you for your thoughtful gift!

Jennifer and Matthew Williams

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Paper Range (2)

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The Artisan Press offers one of the largest range of letterpress friendly papers in Australia. After 26 years of years of printing with various papers we know what works. At the moment it’s pure cotton, cotton blends and a new range of environmentally friendly papers that just so happen to print beautifully via letterpress.

The key to a great letterpress paper is it must be strong enough to withstand tremendous pressure but delicate enough to print a crisp impression without turning the sheet into Braille. If you’re after some advice about paper we welcome your inquiry.

Our paper range

Green Label

 

 

 

  

Our Green Label papers are a range of environmentally friendly papers available in colour from a crisp white to a earthy brown.

They have a large amount of bulk and come in weights from 270-390gsm.

Apart from printing beautifully using letterpress and digital technology we think that clients should be rewarded for choosing these stocks so they are also the most economical papers in our range.

kwdoggett

spicers

Papergoround

Stephen
Concept Vellum
Buffalo board

Freelife Vellum Seeded Paper

Silver Label

Our Silver Label papers are designed to produce a prestige result.

Supplied by some of the finest paper mills in the world. A range of cotton and cotton blend papers in weights from 200gsm to 425gsm.

Colours range from bright white to ivory. Also available in light grey, light blue and jet black.

 magnani

gmund

lettra

stcuthberts

Incisioni
Pescia
Acquerello 
GMUND cotton Crane Lettra  Bockingford

Gold Label

100% cotton super thick, ultra luxury with bling!

For those not easily impressed our 100% cotton Gold Label paper range lets you feel like Royalty.

Sourced from the same European and US paper mills as our Silver Label range in super thick weights from 550-600gsm. Available in colour shades from bright white to ivory

 magnani

gmund

lettra

stcuthberts

  Acquerello
Etrusca
GMUND cotton  Crane Lettra  Bockingford