Welcome to Ruby Victoria Letterpress & printmaking

Here you will find photos of all my original hand carved linocut prints and letterpress printing.
A commercial printer by trade a printmaker by choice.
I specialize in original handcarved lino block prints with a bit of letterpress thrown in for good measure.
All printed on antique printing machines with that unmistakable bite into the paper that you can only get with letterpress printing

The work that I do is not created on a computer everything is hand drawn then hand carved out of lino then printed one impression at a time on my tabletop letterpress machine

I do not use polymer which limits me somewhat in regards to type but I love to use traditional methods in my printing that involve handset type and hand carved designs and I think this is what make my work totally Original and Unique to what other people are doing right now and it also meaning everything I make is an original work of art
I love what I do and love to share it with others that are interested


Friday, July 31, 2009

Another market coming up

I personally love this little market it has a very friendly feel stall holders are all super friendly and the work that they sell is all first class these girls and guy don't muck around they are all seriously good at what they do .
so please find time to come have a look we have a huge population of creative wonders here in the south why not support on or two of them. oh and the coffee is great too.
see there is no excuse for not coming for a look!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

how great is this!

how cool is this! I have been chosen to be in this weeks Made it shopping guide go have a stickie , mine is the chook

madeit.com.au has opened the shopping guide directory!! Here you will find our weekly newsletter of new finds and you can also browse past shopping guides for gift ideas for yourself and others.

I spent the day printing new invitations for the market, let me know what you think !
I really like the font I have used but I am having trouble working out what sort of image I should use on the bottom.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Another busy day printing

I have been going into printing / designing over drive in the last couple of days, I have two market looming so I have been printing like a mad thing
The Market at the Masonic Hall in Hobart, see the last post for more details, and the Beach Market at Blackmans Bay Hall on the 29th August 2009
Both markets showcase a fantastic array of locally made craft, art, clothing, jewellery and truck load of other great stuff.
Please come and support your local artisans the prices are more than reasonable and they have lots of great stuff that would be ideal for...... dare I say Christmas pressies !

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Market

Fantastic news Ruby Victoria Letterpress will be at the next "The Market" on the 2nd of August

I will be stocking some newly printed Lino cuts as well as some new letterpress cards, fill in the blanks kids party invitation and some lovely little bookplates
I will be doing Demos on the adana again if space permits so come and say hi to us and have a peep at our little store

Friday, July 17, 2009

Wow how cool is this!!

I received this email today, its great advertising for me, if anyone click on my name link under my photo, they will be sent straight to my flickr where they can see all my printing and stuff.
Not bad for doing nothing !!

Hi Narelle,
I am delighted to let you know that your photo has been selected for inclusion in the newly released eighth edition of our Schmap Hobart Guide:

Salamanca Arts Centre

click the link and have a look at the art centre photos mine is the one inside the long gallery

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pick a colour any colour

It always blows my mind the number of colours you have to choose from that you can mix to print with!
I love this Pantone colour mixing chart I could look at it and dream for hours, that's a bit sad really isn't it !

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Bookplates, love and dafodils

These are just a couple of things I have been messing about with lately, I particularly like the bookplate idea have lots of different design ideas for these, I will add "this book belong to.............." in the rectangle just above the bottom in handset type in the letterpress.
The lovely big love i will print ion cards and i am not sure what to do with the dafoldils just yet.

Friday, July 10, 2009

lovely new cards

I am very proud of these ones and have a quite a bit of interest in them already.
It's nice to know people are getting my sense of humour for a change!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Just been in toCUBE to see Jemimah, looking at my page on her computer and realised nobody can read any of the text but me der! so hopefully I have fixed it now can someone PLEASE send me a message and let me know if all the first page is readable now !!! thanks !

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My own little Letterpress resurgence / revolution!

I have been thinking about making these cards for a while now all part of the plan to start my own little Letterpress resurgence /revolution!

They are printed on 100% recycled cotton papers like all my other cards and paper products.
I will have these and many other product available at the Beach Market at Blackmans Bay in August and if I decide that I am brave enough I will offer personalised stationary, birthday and wedding invites, people can order and pay a deposit at the market and pick them up when they have been printed. Or just make an appointment to have a talk about their printing needs at another time.
I don't know what do
you all think out there in blogland????

Friday, July 3, 2009

A lovely Surprise

Got a lovely surprise last night when I logged on to my flikr web page I had received an email from a lady who is the administrator for a website called Schmap.
Email said: I am writing to let you know that one of your photos has been short-listed for inclusion in the eighth edition of our Schmap Hobart Guide, to be published at the end of this month.
Schmap is an International online travel guide and map site where travellers can go and see images of places and things to see and do when the are planning a trip.
They chose the photo I took of all the prints from the Hunter Island Press mini print sale exhibition I was involved in at the long Gallery in Salamanca Art Centre.
I don't get paid for the use of the image but hey who cares people still see my photo and hopefully they will follow the link to my site, So I'm happy for the free publicity, so now I just have to wait and see if I get through the final selection process !

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


ok this is the second attempt at this I just deleted the first effort damn it, not sure how but this is me we are talking about so here we go again !
It has been a busy time but it has been great I finally have somewhere to park the platen where I can tinker around on it without having to worry about travelling to far to get to it and I know it is safe.
Our lovely friends Robyn and Andrew lea in Taroona offered the underneath of their house to me I am terribly grateful to them for this as it was getting a bit dire lol So hooray for them!!

I received some lovely mail the last week or so , last week my printers blocks from eBay arrive from Queensland,I love em! see photos! I also got my Prints from the USA today from a printmaking exchange I took part in where all involved print an edition of prints mail them off to one person, they collate them and return to all the artists, I will post a photo once everyone has received their prints as I don't want to ruin the surprise for any of them but I will say the print are lovely and I won't hesitate to take part in another exchange if given the chance.

Today was a day for printing even thought I had Ruby home sick with suspected food poisoning poor little mite, she is nearly back to her ol' self though! so nothing to worry about.
See photos of the baby announcement cards I printed on the adana this afternoon, they are a mix of letterpress type and hand carved linocuts printed on 100% recycled cotton paper, just in time really as the Spring, Blackman's Bay Beach market, it's coming up again at the end of August and I need to really get some demo models done to display for custom/personalised printing .