Bodleian Library wants you to color their collections!

The University of Oxford’s famous Bodleian Library has just released a free coloring book featuring images from their collection. You can download a PDF of the coloring book here.

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“An opportunity to join in with the current colouring trend and apply your colouring skills to images from our collections. We’ve provided a colouring book to get you started, but feel free to use our online resources to find your own. Don’t forget to share your final product on social media with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections! “


So I got these photos from the manufacturer this week. They told me that it was the most complicated deck that they’ve ever made, and it’s a completely new process for them. Kudos to these kids man, the work they’ve done so far is amazing.

In case you don’t know much about printing, every single card has to have a metal stamp created for the gold foil. 78 different cards and a back piece had to be transferred. Pictures are shown above how the stamp for this looked like. 

Coming soon guys!

In the meantime, you can whet your appetite by downloading the app. And if you like it, please leave a good review!

There are some snazzy updates coming for that as well… Stay tuned!


Our John Springer Printing Ephemera Collection has some of the coolest things! Springer (1850-1937), and Iowa City printer, presented some 2,000 books documenting or illustrating the history of printing, and his collection contains more than 1,600 items and more than 400 calling cards – in excess of 2,000 items in all. 

There are a ton of printing samples and examples of things a customer could buy. One interesting item is this fabric samples booklet from 1894. It is still in great shape!


-Lindsay M.
Profitable publishing options for your book - The Independent | St George Cedar Zion Utah Mesquite NV News & Events
There are many considerations in terms of profitable publishing options for your book and what will increase the potential success of a written project.
By David Smith

Good article written by a book printer.

“However, a self-published author can make a tremendous amount of money with self-printed and self-marketed books. Among the fifty-thousand books I’ve printed over the last two years, the average printing cost per book is less than $3. I’ve had authors sell their books for $15 to $29 each. These authors make between $12 and $25 or more net profiton each book they sell! Quite a difference from the typical 80 cents traditional authors make.”


Photography Incunabula

The word incunabula is most often used to describe the very earliest European printed books, made before the year 1500. It refers to an early stage of printing or a technology. (Definition in the graphic above, from the OED: “books produced in the infancy of the art of printing.”)

In the years directly after the invention of photography, there was a different kind of incunabula — books with original photographic prints pasted right into their pages. The Getty Research Institute is now digitizing 70+ of these early books and making them findable via the Getty Research Portal, a one-stop shop for public domain art history texts.


This illuminated initial appears on the first page of a printed version of the Vulgate Bible.  It depicts St. Jerome, the translator of the Vulgate into Latin (and, not coincidentally, the patron saint of librarians!), with his usual medieval attributes: red cardinal’s cloak and hat, lion, and book.

This bible is an incunable - a book printed before 1501 - and it provides a good example of the shift from manuscript to print with this beautiful illumination. Printers left blank spaces so that decorations such as this one could be added. Rubricators added smaller colored initials by hand (such as the Q to the lower right of the initial), and sometimes a book’s owner hired an illuminator to add larger decorations such as this one. Several of the books in the collections here, however, still have blank spaces where the initials should be!

- Kelli

Bible. Latin. Vulgate. 1480. Impressa Venetiis : per Franciscum de Hailbrun, 1480. MU Ellis Special Collections Rare Vault BS75 1480

p.s. This one’s for you, @uwmspeccoll. Hieronymus does indeed rule.

anonymous asked:

Hi! Can you tell me wich one is better? Etsy or society6? I live in Panama and I'd like to sell my art because I need to pay some bills. Between do you have any advice on comision?

Society6 does print on demand. This simplifies the process on your end, but supposedly the quality of the print isn’t that great.

Etsy doesn’t have it’s own print service; you would have to find a third party to make your prints ahead of time, then mail them out to your buyers yourself. This is risky because if your prints don’t sell, you’re out a bunch of money, and stuck with all those prints. The plus side though, is that you can have better quality prints made.

I would suggest, if you’re new to the printing game, to go with s6. See how well you do.

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