Archive for the ‘printmaking’ Category

Letterpress is such a labor-intensive endeavor, but the result is something unique. And I love making things that are unique.

I have several new designs for sale up on ETSY right now. If you feel so inclined, please check them out! Essentially all my cards are tiny, mailable, original art prints. I love to imagine each card traveling through the mail and brightening someone’s day, which sounds really cheesy now that I’ve typed that though out in actual words. Sheesh.


Along with new greeting cards, I’ve taken a stack of old vintage record albums and deconstructed them. The cardboard and paper inside some of the albums has been repurposed into postcard-type cards and envelopes for something new: quick, mad-libby, customizable form letters.

Repurposed Record Albums Letterpress Form Letter Greeting

I made a small amount of handmade envelopes. Future batches will just have regular envelopes made from recycled paper. 3-packs of these are available on ETSY. 

My big goal was to get at least one design out at the end of April that would be good for Mother’s Day. If nothing else, buy this card and send it to your mom to thank her profusely for changing your poopy diapers all those years ago.


And, if you’re curious, here’s what my assistant has to say about it all at Bea’s Dog Blog.

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I’m on Pinterest now. [click here] Go follow! Pin! Re-pin! Tell the WORLD!

Also, I have restocked OLD 55 with more letterpressed Moleskines (–after they sold out yesterday. Huzzah!). If you live in LA and want to grab one, go there and check ’em out. Also, as of today, there are only 2 left on Etsy.

I have plans to print more, but am waiting on materials.

Have a beautiful weekend. I’m foregoing chocolate bunnies and just sticking with my chocolate poodle. What she lacks in edibility, she makes up for with charm and adorableness. And she has cute little bear paws.





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Aaaaand, here’s the latest! I’ve designed a plate and pressed the covers of some small Moleskine cahier notebooks. I think they came out rather well.

If you’re in the greater Los Angeles area, you can pick one up at Old 55 in Eagle Rock.

You can also buy them online at Etsy.

I only printed a handful of them. But hopefully they will sell, and I’ll have a reason to print some more.

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The image below is a photo of a letterpress print I created from a drawing I made that illustrates a past moment in the true story of my life. I also think it illustrates a fairly universal experience– that moment where two people make the decision to smoosh their faces together. Sometimes it’s love. And sometimes it’s just giving in to the forces of the universe that have put two infatuated people on a couch together for the sole purpose of having an awesome make-out session. Either way… 



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For some reason, if you have reached this internetspace through melindafarrar.com, the links in the previous post don’t seem to be working. If this link also doesn’t work, just copy and paste the following address into your browser:


Thanks for stopping by! Go check out the valentines!

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

Some of the fruits of my letterpress labor have hit the virtual racks of my Etsy store.

Click this link and check it out: http://www.etsy.com/shop/melindafarrar

More designs are coming soon, but at least the Christmas cards are there.

Also, thanks to all the DreamWorkers who stopped by my booth at the Holiday Bazaar yesterday. It was the first year I had a professional-looking display rack (pictured below). I had a blast!

Card booth

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I am happy to announce that my T-shirt has been sighted being worn on both the east and west sides of the USA.  Color me tremendously grateful for your support and sartorial choices.

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Hello folks!

I’ll get right to the point.  A little while ago, I created a design I thought might look good on t-shirts.  I drew it up, burned my own screen and screenprinted some prototypes.  They came out pretty well.  I sent some pix of them to my friends at ex-boyfriendcollection.com and we went into cahoots!

You can now purchase the professionally printed version on their website.

This is so exciting!  A big thank-you/high-five/slobbery kiss goes out to Matt and Meredith at ex-boyfriend for being so awesome.  Not only do they sell great shirts, but they are independent artists who support other independent artists.  They use an independent printshop, offer the option of organic cotton shirts and also give a percentage of their profits to animal rescue organizations.  [read: I dig their designs and their ethos and so should you.  Check out the rest of their collection!]

So there we are.

The current must-have item this summer/fall for those who enjoy lovingly lampooning pop culture is this shirt:

Buy them for yourself, your groceries and your pup!

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If you find one of these while you’re out and about in LA tomorrow, now you’ll know where it came from.

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For the next few weeks, I will be restocking the store and posting some love-themed scribbles.

Would you like a Farrar-made Valentine sent specifically to you right through the mail?  You will have some opportunities to cause that very thing to happen.

Keep checking back with us here at this artblogggue.  It will be fun!

Click on the image above to be taken to Ye Olde Etsy Shoppe.

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