Emily’s Bridal Shower!

I just returned from a bridal shower honoring our good friend, Emily.

Siobhan, Amanda, Julia, and I hosted an Anthropologie themed shower because Emily loves EVERYTHING about Anthro. In fact, if you walked into her closet, you might mistake it for the store itself.

We created a simple yet elegant invitation using a script font to create movement across the page. Envelope liners added a special surprise for each recipient that helped make the invitation a little more special.

The menu was filled with canapés ranging from caprese skewers to white chocolate mousse in clementine bowls. We also mixed a specialty cocktail for the party, which combined aperol, gin, and lime juice–and appropriately named it the Southern Belle.

Below are a few photos from the weekend!

Studio Tour: color + mixing ink

We love color here at StudioTEN15. We mix all of our inks by hand from 14 Pantone base inks. We use the Pantone formula guide to help us target a color family, but depend on our eyes to guide the mixing process toward matching the desired colors.

The Pantone guide swatchbook lists a formula of base colors as a percentage of the overall mix for each Pantone number. We dole out each color onto a mixing board with a palette knife and mix, and mix, and mix to achieve one homogenous and uniform color. Ink goes on the press and printing can begin! But we stay flexible: if the color doesn’t look quite right on the test prints, we aren’t afraid to start the process over again.

Here are a few lessons we’ve learned along the way:

  1. LESS IS MORE. A little pigment goes a LONG way: always mix in more of your base white than you may expect.
  2. START LIGHT, ADD DARK. We try to not mix more ink than we need by adding light to dark (see #1).
  3. RAGS ARE YOUR FIREND. Things can get messy, quickly.
  4. COLORS WILL PRINT LIGHTER. Ink on the mixing board always looks darker than on paper; the press distributes ink in a very thin layer that will appear lighter than the mix.
  5. COMPUTER COLORS ARE NOT EQUAL. this is a tricky but fairly clear dilemma, especially for the digital process of our studio; colored pixels on a screen (lights) look different than printed ink on paper (pigments), and will vary widely depending on the screen or paper; also, see #4.
  6. INK HATES AIR. Store you leftover ink in airtight containers; it’s great to have ink on hand for a quick project or experiment. Plastic tubs work really well & are fairly inexpensive. I want to start tubing our leftover ink to save space, though; my ink drawer is quickly overflowing!

Modern Flowers

We just finished printing these new modern flower cards last night and love how they turned out. They are fun and fresh but also allude to wood and linoleum cuts.

These are being packaged up in sets of 6 cards and envelopes for party favors at a bridal shower this weekend! We made extra sets, so you can find them at our etsy store soon (we’re still in the process of setting up the shop…)

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Renee G. on winning the set of ferris wheel cards! We’ll send you and email shortly for physical address to send you these goodies.

Thanks for all of the great comments–you may even see some printed as cards later this summer!


GIVEAWAY: epitome of summer part 1

I LOVE summer. Fresh watermelon, carnivals, ice cream, swimming, vacation…the list goes on and on.

We just finished printing our first cards in our summer series…and guess what? We’re giving them away! All you have to do is leave a comment telling us why you LOVE summer before July 9th. We’ll pick a random winner and send you these 5 ferris wheel cards with envelopes and bright orange liners.

Studio tour: small spaces

I’m excited to finally be posting a series on our small studio and how an we generate ideas and turn them into tactile and luxurious pieces of stationery.

The photo pretty much captures our entire studio space…can you believe that we fit in a 6×10′ space?

Dumbo, our press lives on top of a flat file from ikea, which we reinforced with plywood to support the weight of the press. Inside of the flat file holds all kinds of supplies from paper + envelopes, tape, photopolymer plates, and ink. Adjacent to the press, we have an antique drafting table that I bought right after graduating from architecture school. It’s a huge desk made of cast iron and oak and I love the dialog between the  arcs of the desk and arcs of the press. We still have our drafting board with a mayline on the desk and use this space to sketch ideas, cut paper, and package final products. Above the desk, we’ve found a place to hang work we’ve done and work we are inspired by. And if the inspiration wall isn’t enough to get our creative juices flowing, we have a wall of books behind us to browse through.

We are also really lucky to have a northern facing window in the nmiddle of the studio that sheds even diffuse light throughout the day so we can examine our work in natural light.

I love our small studio but have big dreams of owning a floor model press someday…which means we’ll have to one day look for a new space to house it! But until then, here’s a glimpse of our space at Studio TEN15.

Photo by Andrea Hubbell Photography

Photo by Andrea Hubbell Photography

Photo by Andrea Hubbell Photography