G. Johanson, Letterpress
When did you start letterpress printing?:
At Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA, 1969.
What do you like best about letterpress printing?:
There is really nothing that I don't like about Letterpress!
What inspires you?:
Philatelic Art, 18th Century Printing, Wood Cuts and Wood Engraving, Calligraphic Designs of the late Medieval and early Renaissance, Iron Flywheels, awesome paper, ATF Specimen Books, Miniature Books, Other Letterpress Printers. Also beer coaster art and ex-libris artwork. Love Maxfield Parrish, Thomas Nast, and the great wood cutters and engravers of the past: A.Duerer, Theo. DeBry, Bewick, & etc.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?:
8x12 NS C&P, 10x15 NS C&P, Dave's Ink In Tubes, plus some VanSon, all oil base. Love just about any open sized paper, however I do a lot with Crane Lettra and Canson Watercolor cold press open sized papers
How would you describe your artwork?:
Somewhat 19th century, mostly pen and ink, which is what I use for much of my "copy". Lately I have been experimenting with the use of clayboard for high contrast imagry. I like the white-on-black wood engraving 'feel'. I am a traditionalist at heart, I love symmetry, and my artwork by nature tends to be geared for letterpress design, thus I use a lot of pen & ink or Clayboard techniques.
What kind of products do you create?:
Anything that I can print on a traditional Platen Job Press. Wedding Announcements, Custom Business Cards, a lot of handset type, drink coasters, etc. I also do linocuts. Visit my blog site for more details.
Do you offer custom work?:
Where can we buy your products?:
at www.gjohanson.blogspot.com - order/inquire by email.
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?:
Yes, I do one on one workshops from my home shop.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?:
Yes. That rails can be taped. We never taped rails back in the '70s.