Post # 1
I’m getting my wedding invitation letterpressed onto duplex-weight white paper, and want to make the back of the invitation solid gold.
I know I could just stick on some gold paper, but I really don’t want to take away from the tactile feel of the letterpress. I need to find a way to use paint or ink to color the actual letterpressed paper.
I tried a brayer with acrylic paint and a brayer with an ink pad, and neither created a very even covering. I’m terrified to try using a paintbrush, because I am NOT a neat person, and I’m afraid to ruin my very expensive invitations.
I’ve been told that screenprinting may be the way to go, but I’m running out of room in the budget and probably can’t hire another vendor.
Since I know I’ll be DIYing quite a few more items for the wedding, I’m thinking of investing in a Yudu to create the gold layer of ink. Has anyone used the Yudu for a big, solid area?
Thanks so much!!
Post # 3
I havent purchased a yudu but I love what they can do! have you tried using almost a spray paint?? I think painting will be too thick but then again Im not an expert!
Post # 4
So you just want to paint the back side of the invites?
I would think that spray paint might be the way to go as well. Lay them all out flat upside down and paint away. You’ll have to be careful not to drip paint but it should work.
Post # 5
I would try a foam brush to paint the back…little bits at a time!
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu
i agree, spray paint sounds like a good option! much cheaper than a yudu, though i admit they are fun toys..
Post # 7
Gosh! That sounds like so much work. I also love letterpress and I think that you should just keep it the way it is, and use a gold envelope liner (find gold wrapping paper and cut pieces to glue inside the envelope) instead. It will give it the same color combination without the fear of ruining your letterpress invites.
Post # 8
What about goldleaf? Would that work ?
Post # 9
Spraypaint can work, but I’d worry about it misting over to the front of your invite–especially since there’s no way to clamp the invite down flat to the table surface. You’ll definitely get the paint onto the sides of the paper; don’t know if that’s a concern as well. I’ve never worked with gold leaf, but most people who have say you need to sort of train with it–it’s a more technical material.
A foam brush with gold acrylic paint is probably your best bet. Use a delicate amount of paint and start by pulling the brush from the center outwards on the invite (because you don’t want to accidentally swipe the sides). When we do edge-painting (which is exactly like it sounds–painting the edges or sides of a letterpress card), we clamp the invites down in a stack tight and then use a foam brush to paint–if you used a real brush, the individual fibers can get stuck in between the layers and color them as they could also dip down on the sides if painting the back; hence the foam brush. Wear gloves because you’re going to have to hold the invite down as you paint and gloves allow you to handle the invites without worrying about getting paint transfer–you can have “dirty” and “clean” pairs.
I agree that a gold backing will be a “wow” factor, but it may be more trouble than it’s worth. You can do as a PP suggested, scrap the idea, and either edge-paint the sides and/or include an envelope liner with gold calligraphy.