I always design a small collection of paper products for the Holiday Sale I do at the Ames Gallery in Berkeley. The best part of making repeats for wrapping paper is I can then use the paper to make fun products. I’ve always wanted to make a “Clothing Journal” aimed at people like myself who really like clothes. As a child I spent a lot of my time making paper dolls and drawing outfits and ideas for clothes and accessories. I admit, that thinking about clothes and putting them together in creative ways is still one of my favorite past times. My original paper design was inspired by a Macy’s advertisement many months ago.
So I took repeat design and made it in several different color ways.
The clothing repeat was fun to draw. I sold it at the sale as a flat paper and people bought it for wrap. I bought the blank journals at Target. Ideally they would be blank and made out of a really nice drawing papers, but these are on lined paper instead. I would love to produce the clothing journals with vellum so the doll could be traced on every page. I also added sticker pages and put them into a pocket in the back. The idea is that as you go through your catalogues and magazines you cut ideas out and put them in the journal. Then you can label the photos and drawings with the stickers and draw your own additions. I printed out my color designs at the local copy store. Then I cut them to size for each journal and glued in the end pages and pockets. I love to cut an paste, but obviously this is not the most efficient way to produce a bunch of journals. But they did sell well at the sale, and I hope to make more soon. It was a great way to do a test run on the product.
I really do think part of the fun is just thinking about clothes. I do love to shop, but more than that I love to create. But honestly I can’t sew. I just want to encourage people to be creative and have fun thinking about their own sense of style. Tweens and teens seemed to like them the best at the sale.
The Epic Six
I know that the real plate for this machine are made of a harder plastic than the rubber stamps that I had made. I’m sure that they would do a better job, but these still gave the “impression” of that deep black vintage printing quality that I wanted.
The Epic Letterpress is fun, and it worked really well with the smaller baseball stamps that I had made. They had that really deep black quality that presses down into the paper. I loved them without any color, but I could also do a little watercolor on top to spice things up.