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Columbia Museum of Art

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Production Time

1 week

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

4 in × 7 in

Page Count

Paper Stock

Crane Lettra, 300gsm

Number of Colors

3 spot inks




Ziggurat Black
Hoefler Titling


Some printing techniques (or tricks) can be combined into a single press, but when you are using letterpress and silkscreen in the same project you have to make sure you build in enough production time into your schedule to accommodate both processes.

The Columbia Museum of Art is a bit of an nontraditional venue, and that was the theme that we ran with throughout this project. We knew that since we had the ability to silkscreen and letterpress in house, we wanted to combine the two processes and see what happened. Visually, we wanted to keep it simple, but elegant and convey the notion that the space this show would be held in was going to be a bit more formal than the usual music venue. We screenprinted the first two colours (tan and blue) and finished the final layer by letterpressing the black type.

With silkscreening and letterpress, it is a layering process in which you have to run each colour separately. We ran the tan screen first on all of the prints then left them to dry for a bit. We wanted to run the blue screen second in hopes of creating a green overlay where it hit the tan. Once those were all printed, we went ahead and setup the letterpress plate. The only tricky part was the initial registration of the final key plate to the already existing screenprinted portion of the ticket. We ran a few tests on some extra sheets of paper so we could measure out exactly where the plate was making an impression on the paper and then lined up the already printed portion accordingly. Once we had that adjusted, we were able to complete the letterpress portion of the job in about 30 minutes.

Lots of stacking the sheets of paper, allowing them to dry, re-prepping and doing it all over again for the next layer—surely a fine way to spend hour upon hour of the day.

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

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September 28, 2010


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