got craft? :: letterpress workshop

letterpress layoutletterpress workshopUpdate: Workshop is sold out! Look out for new dates in December 2013! Love type? Curious about letterpress? In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to use a small Kelsey 3×5 press. These tiny presses can fit on a table, and are good for working in small spaces. The workshop will have two parts. Sam will start by explaining various parts of working with traditional and modern letterpress techniques, safe working practices, and sourcing things. The second part will be hands-on. Make sure to bring your questions!

You’ll take home:

  • one dozen letterpress printed gift tags – perfect for gift giving
  • handout with letterpress resources
  • gift packaging for your newly printed tags to ensure their safe travel home


where: Got Craft? in the gym at Templeton Secondary School – 727 Templeton Drive, Vancouver (corner of Turner and Templeton)
when: Sunday, April 28th, 2013 between 3-5pm
how much: $20.00 plus tax (includes admission to Got Craft?)

Spaces are first come first serve. This workshop sold out quickly at the 2012 holiday show, so make sure you don’t delay! Only 12 spots available. No previous experience necessary. Click here to register.


Taught by Sam Bradd, illustrator and printer and co-founder of the Vancouver Letterpress League. Since this is a two hour session, all participants will use the same preset design and colour.

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  1. mariana

    Hei, I just want to know about that kelsey. Is that mean I can only use to print on 3 inch x 5 inch paper, or I can use bigger one?

    • lotus events

      Hello Mariana,

      Thanks for your question! I checked in with Sam Bradd from the Vancouver Letterpress League and here is what he has to say:

      A 5 x 3 Kelsey means the printing area is 5 x 3, but the usable space is a bit smaller due to the impression. 

      Two additional details:
      – You can put in a piece of paper that is longer – imagine a bookmark shape – it will hang out of the press. 
      – You can also print one area of a piece of paper, then turn the paper and print another area, if you’re careful.

      But mostly, a 5×3 press is a very small printing area. If you’re looking for oomph, better to scale up to a bigger press (even 5×8 makes a big diff).

      If you have any other questions, please feel free to email us at info @