imageToday’s Dabble Drop-In is brought to you by guest blogger, Angela Wells!

Angela is an Organized Technical Marketing Design Music Travel Fashion Nerd Who Loves all Things Social and Savvy. That’s a mouthful, but she has many interests, loves learning, and admires and supports talent and creativity. Angela is a native Houstonian, resides in Chicago, and vacations in LA as much as possible. She is a project manager by day and social media freelancer by night. Angela loves meeting good people, traveling, attending music fests, and most of all she loves big hugs! You can find Angela on Twitter to follow her many adventures.

Angela first learned about Dabble from a fellow advertising creative, Holly Dickens. They met at a pattern making class Urban Threads Studio, where Holly told Angela about a screen printing class that she had taken through Dabble. Angela’s been a Dabbler ever since!

“It’s so nice to be able to have one site that has a multitude of courses to select from that will keep me creating on a whim. I can find wine tastings, dance classes, self expression or guitar courses to take on an upcoming weekend when I’m in town. The variety of courses keeps me coming back. I’m a learning junkie..aka self proclaimed Nerd and the price is right! Plus, you meet the best instructors and Dabblers at these classes. Super fun and super sweet!”

And now, we turn it over to Angela:

“I was drawn to this class because you could hand make your own posters. You often see quotes on pinterest that are made digitally, but how cool would it be try this old school process and create something analog.IMG_3951

This class was offered by Tandem Felix Letterpress in a 3rd floor space in Lacuna Artist Lofts in Pilsen. When you walk in you’re welcomed by Elizabeth and the cool atmosphere of words, letter blocks and custom posters. Liz and her husband Jamiel were so knowledgeable about the history of letterpress, wordsmithing and best of all, music! As Liz walked us through how to set up our word blocks, we also chatted about techno vs house music with a fellow Dabbler who used to be a Chicago DJ in her past life.

Liz also showed us the techniques of selecting various fonts and mapping out your work of art on paper. She even went over the history of why certain fonts and sizes were used to create limited and first edition books in the 1800s and even how newspapers used to be printed as the process evolved.”

IMG_3926Check out the next Wood Type Letterpress Posters class or view all the classes taught by Tandem Felix Letterpress here.

Liz Isakson-Dado has been teaching classes on Dabble since November 2013, is an interdisciplinary artist, and owns Tandem Felix Letterpress with her husband, Jamiel. She has a BFA in Printmaking and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Art, and loves teaching! Originally from Detroit, Liz has embraced the Chicago art & music community, and looks forward to sharing her love of letterpress though classes, workshops & private lessons!

Dabble Drop-In: Tips For Wood Type Letterpress Posters class:

Come to this class with… An open mind and a fun attitude to just chill and create. Also, come with the desire to learn good random history on a little bit of everything.

Use this class to… Add one more thing to your crafty skill set. It’s fun and you can only do it with a letterpress. How cool will your friends think you are when you gift them one of your handmade posters?

FullSizeRenderYou’d be surprised that… the process of making your own posters is very easy. It’s picking the quote and the paper that’s the most difficult. Decisions…Decisions. Once you’ve chosen your quote, it’s a good mental release to select your letters and chat, and groove to their awesome record collection.

Come prepared with… A quote that will look good on an 8.5 x 11 poster. Also be prepped with patience to find just the right fit of letter blocks to create your masterpiece. If you liked puzzles growing up, you’ll love this class.

Appropriate hashtag… #Handmade #Art #Letterpress

What to do in the area… Try Pl-Zen nearby. It’s known for it’s Truffle fries and their Talapia or Shrimp tacos. The fans rave about the singing wait staff. Apparently, this could be a great after class spot to end your evening!

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