Monday, June 28, 2010

Hmmm...edge painting

Edge painting. So hot right now, and apparently the most highly guarded secret in letterpress. Folks get a little mum about this one.

:: edge painted cards designed by Pickett's Press ::

Well, I'm determined to figure this one out. I haven't tried it yet but I think I have the basic premise and thought I'd share what I've managed to track down so far. These process pictures help.

I think the first thing I'll try is a stiff brush and some oil-based ink (fast drying and there's also the benefit being able to easily match the color you used to print). I know some people out there are using an airbrush, but I'm not willing to make that kind of investment just yet, and there' also the possibility of using water-based dyes or inks, or even a stamp.

Hmmm... I'll get back to you on this one. Hope this helps, if like me, you're searching away on the internets for a tip, a lead...anything! Good luck and godspeed, fellow edge painters. I'll let you know how it works out.


  1. I saw some really nice edge painted cards in birmingham recently.
    you're right... the process was kept all secret and illusive.
    my friend sarah's post on edge painting.

  2. I haven't read through all of these comments, but noticed that there are a few links to videos - I hear that Crane's has a master edge painter too. Good luck!

  3. I watched the Crane's edge painter. Amazing and looks like her technique would take years to master. Pretty cool stuff.

  4. Hi Marianne!
    Did you have any joy with the edge painting?