tintner family tree

is it just me, or is there a new baby or expectant family everywhere you turn…strolling downtown, seated at dinner next to you, on facebook/instagram…the list goes on. well we’ve had several friends have new additions to the family, and we’ve doubled our niece/nephew count with 3 new little ones this year! and i know it’s not the same, but we even brought home a new 4 legged baby to our home this summer…


okay, but enough about our dog(s)…back to juliana’s announcements.

my sister asked me to create a birth announcement for juliana that was just as special and fun as maddie’s were (remember these, way way way back when?) since juliana is named after her paternal grandfather, julius, it was fitting to incorporate a family tree. i loved the idea of also tying together the forest animals that i’ve been so fond of for my sister…maddie’s announcements had an owl and her birthday party invites sported the party animals.  so i went to my sketchbook and drew a woodland scene focused around a ‘family tree’ where juliana is cradled on one branch and big sister maddie is swinging from another. doesn’t this remind you of the scene from sleeping beauty where aurora is singing to all her forest friends?




Remember my little stippled octopus drawing from a few weeks ago? Well I had a plate made without any concrete idea of what it could turn in to.

Last night, I was about to clean the press for the day and decided to print the octopus on something…anything really. I just happened to have some coasters laying about the studio and placed it on the coaster, bleeding off a few edges. Cool.

They came out so beautifully that I decided to print another run of them this morning with a new ink color.

octopus coasters-01

octopus coasters-02

And then one thing led to another and remember the alphabet series a while back? Well, here’s the newest addition to/transformation of that…alphabet flashcards anyone? I love letting the creative juices flow and just seeing where it leads. When there aren’t any restrictions or parameters, I feel so free…and I love it!

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sketch, sketch, sketch all day long

I spent the summer of 2006 and 2010 abroad for a drawing program through the architecture school at UVa. The first time around, I was a student, and subsequently was the teaching assistant. These trips really helped me understand my LOVE for drawing. While there, we spent literally 8 hours a day with our sketchbooks in tow drawing everything we saw from buildings, landscape, details, and even some awesome hats on Italian Independence Day.

I still love drawing and pull out my sketchbook for every project we have. Some projects require more intense sketchbook time, like Tourterelle, and other times it’s just sketching out concepts and layouts.

We loved the drawing for Anne’s Farm to Table invitations so much that we then had boxcar press create a plate for us to make a few sets of these cards featuring our veggie drawings. We even packaged a few sets up already and sent them to our friends Sarah and Andrea who put us in touch with our most recent clients.


Brooke + Tony Preview!

Here’s a sneak peek at Brooke and Tony’s wedding suite. We drew a coastal scene for them that captures the spirit of a place very near and dear to their hearts, Southport NC. This was also the first time working with the wonderful Jen Maton of If so Inklined–she penned all of the beautiful calligraphy!

We’re finishing up this suite this week and have had the best time working with Brooke and Tony–stay tuned for the full suite in the next few weeks!


Sketches transformed

We are lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful and talented friends! Our friends Dan and Anna contacted us about creating some personal cards that really reflected their personality and their new home in San Francisco. Dan is an architect and Anna is a law student out in Berkeley. They have an amazing view of the bay and the city from their living room window. Dan drew a sketch of this amazing view and sent it to us to convert into completely unique letterpress cards just for them.

We chose to use the long #10 cards in lieu of a traditional folded card in order to further emphasize the panoramic view. Now Dan and Anna can write on the back of these San Francisco Bay cards and have a hand drawn and hand written note to send to all of their friends!

Italy sketches part 2

We loved how the Venice cards came out back in December and wanted to create a whole series of cards from travel sketches. These are all of my personal drawings from a trip in 2010 to the Veneto in Italy.

The first drawing is of a narrow set of stairs wedged between two buildings in Vicenza. This is a pretty normative condition in the area where the city grew organically. The second is of a church campanile on the island of Burano in the Venetian Lagoon. The tower leans so far forward and it can be seen from almost any point on the small island. Burano is know for it’s colorful houses which helped the fisherman identify their street from the canals, but it is also home to the other iconic tower of Italy.

Venice sketch

Here’s a snapshot of an exciting new experiment at the studio! I helped teach a drawing class in Italy a few summers ago and wanted to see how well the drawings would translate to the letterpress; I’m happy to see that the cards turned out really well! The imprint of the press really reinforces the texture created by the pencil lines in the original drawings – and also reminds me of traditional woodblock prints, conveying a (reversed) sense of a drawing carved into paper.

Now that I know this technique works, I’m hoping to scan more drawings to create a set of travel drawing notecards. Any city you’d like to see?