The Prankster Press is outfitted to provide letterpress printing services, bookbinding services, fine art printmaking services, and public and private classes. Take a look at our portfolio if you need some ideas to inspire your next project! If you’re new to printing and bookbinding processes, we’re happy to help guide you through it, just let us know what you’ve got in mind and we’ll start from there.
Looking to take a class? Check out our shop page to see what’s already on the calendar. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, feel free to get in touch to discuss a one on one or private lesson.
Please submit any questions or inquiries to email@example.com or through the form below.
Have a woodblock, lino block, or etching you need to print? You can rent time on the Conrad Combination press by appointment for $20/hour. Press rental includes oil based relief inks, solvents for cleaning, newsprint, brayers, ink knives, paper towel, and consultation if any issues arise throughout your printing process. Just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the form below with your availability and project details.
Press rental is only available to folks already experienced in relief and etching printmaking processes, but you can sign up for a public class if any are listed in the shop, or schedule a one on one lesson or private class to get an introduction to the process. Email email@example.com or message us through the form below to schedule your class.
Letterpress Service Charges Include:
- Cost of Printing Service, which is outlined in the charts below. This will be the bulk of the cost of letterpress printing. Letterpress projects are typically charged per impression, which means that each time your design is printed onto your paper, there is a small charger.
- Designs with multiple colors require multiple impressions per sheet because each color needs to be printed separately. Double sided prints also require multiple impressions, because we’ll be printing once on the front of the paper, and once on the back.
- Keep in mind that small designs can sometimes be printed more efficiently by arranging the design in multiples on your printing plates (such as one design repeated twice on one printing plate), and then printing onto one sheet of paper which can be cut down to the correct size after the ink has dried. By doing this, we can cut down on your number of impressions and the overall price of printing your project!
- Cost of Paper & Ink. We can provide guidance as you choose your paper and ink, and plan to have a paper guide up on this website shortly. Thicker papers will take a deeper impression better than thin papers, and smoother papers will print more evenly. However, textured papers can create an interesting printed effect.
- Cost of Printing Plates, which are the relief plates your designs will be made into for printing. Each plate must be small enough to fit in the printable area of the press, which means plates must be less than 8 inches by 11 inches.
- Magnesium Die Cut Printing Plates typically cost between $50 – $200 each, depending on the size.
- Photopolymer Plates cost between $35 – $75 per plate, depending on the size. They are less durable, but still very effective depending on your specific project.
- Cost of Additional Consultation. We provide up to 2 hours of free consultation for every project – additional consultation beyond that is $35/hour. Consultation includes but is not limited to editing images/designs accommodate the specifications of printing on a letterpress, consulting with designers to create the best layout, etc.
- Cost of Specialty Material Preparation. This typically only applies to projects require very specific papers or paper sizes that need to be cut down by hand, or have corners rounded by hand to the extent that substantial additional time is added to printing services.
Need clarification about any of these charges? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
The letterpress pricing guides below do not include the cost of paper, printing plates, or additional consultation costs as these items differ between projects. Please contact email@example.com for estimates specific to your printing needs. Keep in mind that many of the additional costs listed above are discounted or waived for large orders.
Need something printed, but feeling like these prices are out of your price range? For special projects, we are more than happy to barter, trade, or take assistance in the studio as payment! Discounts are available for some local non-profit organizations and employees. Let us know what your project and budget are and we’re happy to try to find a way to help you make it happen!
The Prankster Press is equipped with the following presses:
- Two small tabletop platen presses, used mainly for classes and small batch prints of illustrations, business cards, wedding invitations, engravings, etc. Small enough to move to a 2nd location for private workshops.
- One 8×12 Chandler & Price motorized press, which is used for large quantity print jobs, such as business cards and wedding invitations, programs, and save the dates. This press can print with plates less than 8″ by 11″
- A Potter Proofing Press, which is a flatbed letterpress used for printing large wood type and posters.
- A Conrad Combination Press, which is an adjustable press used for printing relief blocks (linoleum or woodblock) and etchings (metal or plexi-glass).