Just before Valentine’s Day, I went to a private letterpress workshop at Snap + Tumble, a great indie letterpress here in Toronto. Tanya often runs private workshops in her home, and it’s was an amazing way to try letterpress for the first time. I went in knowing absolutely nothing, but Tanya was amazing and walked me through the whole process. She was also really accommodating, letting me experiment with mixing the ink to get different effects scroll down for the XO cards, where I experimented with dark marbling and then light marbling)
It was so nice to give Guy a special handmade valentine (the ‘be mine’ one), and Tanya made the process very relaxed and fun. I’d definitely do this again.
Lila might be a little small to understand what Valentine’s Day is about, but I thought a DIY heart onesie would be just right. I used my Pentel Fabric Fun Pastels to draw hearts, and then experimented with outlining them with a sharpie. I ironed over the design as per the process, but I think next time I’ll iron it more, until the paper between the iron and the design comes away cleanly. There was a bit of colour transfer under the arms. I’ll remember that for next time- keep ironing with the paper in between until it comes away clean.
It was very easy to do, although I really recommend that you use a sharpie or fabric marker made for fabric, not just regular permanent markers/sharpies. If they aren’t specifically for fabric, they will rub and transfer a bit during the washing.
I’m really pleased with how it turned out- little hearts on a onesie just look so sweet on Lila!