Letterpress Art

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A while back, I came into possession of a collection of old letterpress blocks from an old local print shop. I have a few of them into my table made from a letterpress tray, but that left a very large number of unused blocks.

So I decided to take a few of those blocks and make an art piece with them.

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The finished piece measures 24″ square and weighs just over 16 pounds. It is currently residing on the floor in my living room, but I hope to eventually have a shelf at about eye level to sit it on.

letterpress block layout

To make this piece, I started by placing my letterpress blocks into a layout I found pleasing. I then glued the pieces together with E-6000 – that stuff is magic. Just make sure you have something like poster board behind your project when you do the gluing, that way the glue that might ooze out from between the blocks won’t stick them to your floor.

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The backing for my art piece is 3/4-inch MDF, but could be made with any type of wood. I used Mod Podge to decoupage the paper collage in place and then glued down the finished letterpress piece with more E-6000. Once it was dry, 5 screws were added to the back for security.

letterpress closeup

The Mod Podge part of the design was all done with parts of the local paper, and miscellaneous ephemera that was lying around my house. Making the total cost for the project the screws and the piece of MDF. Yea! I love being able to make art from found pieces.

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Have you ever made your own home decor pieces? Would you use this type of art in your house?

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2 thoughts on “Letterpress Art”

  1. I don’t venture much beyond fabric and yarn, but I love looking at others’ work. And I really like your creation! Here we have a shop, Scrap, with a gallery for art that is (I think I have the number right) 75% recycled material. And sometime in the summer an outdoor show/sales of same. I get to look a lot.

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