These letterpress wedding invitations were the first invites I printed with the technique of a split ink fountain. To achieve a gradient, the steel cylinder on the press is inked up with two colors, one on the left and right of the cylinder. When the ink distributes it creates the gradient that happened here in the great oak background. I’ve found since printing this and other split fountain pieces, that it is a lot harder to keep color consistent with two analogous colors on the color wheel as they just want to blend all together as the ink distributes more throughout the run. We had to clean the press about 3 times for this set of 100, so as to not have the yellow and green become one middle color from the continual distribution. In the end though, this is another favorites of mine – the gradient is intense yet subtle at the same time and creates some beautiful depth in the piece paired with the chocolatey brown.
Included in the suite were thank you notes, RSVP, and Map (obviously with the invitation). Above is the 4Bar thank you note.
4×6″ Map/directions insert. Have I mentioned I LOVE maps? They are sooo fun to create!
An isolated shot of the invitation only. Letterpress printed on 110# soft white Lettra paper. Two inks, background split-fountain gradient.