That’s gold, Jerry! Gold!

When I was in Boston a few weeks ago I found a small tube of gold letterpress ink at Cambridge Paper Source at Porter Square. It was an accessory for a hobby printing kit, but I saw no reason I couldn’t use it a la carte so I invested. And tonight I took it out for a ride:

NOKIA Lumia 800_000259

I printed up a couple of dozen on 4”x6” ruled index cards I bought this afternoon at Lawton’s. The effect was less “oh my God, I printed solid gold letters!” than I would have imagined in my dreams but it was still satisfying. I was surprised to find that there’s more black in gold than I would have thought (which probably doesn’t surprise anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of colour theory, which I lack).

It was pleasing to see the ink disk in its seeming solid-gold glory, if only for an hour or so:


With a larger typeface and some meatier paper, I think I could create something really interesting with the gold ink; letterpress being letterpress, I only used about a fingernail’s worth tonight, so there’s plenty left.

If you need your memory jogged as to the source of the quote, see:


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johnny on February 28, 2012 - 03:16 Permalink

I think you could achieve the “oh my God, I printed solid gold letters!” effect if you printed on almost anything but a lined index card.  I don’t know anything about rudimentary colour theory, but I know the pink and blue just don’t work with the gold.

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Susan on February 28, 2012 - 13:47 Permalink

Agreed with the above comment about printing on a lined index card, but give props for the quote.