Alpha Owl

Cassettes!!

This project was great! I got together again with Paul from Tor Johnson Records and he told me about this killer project. He was releasing a 3 song cassette for one of their bands, Alpha Owl, and he wanted the tapes to have letterpress inserts. I jumped on this!

I designed the front cover image in pen and ink along with the lettering and ink splatter elements. I used Boxcar Press again to have a polymer plate made of the art and design. The design and plates were in and ready by mid-December, but our son was born and I wasn't able to print until February! Excuses excuses... 

The inserts were printed in black ink on 100% cotton Domestic Etching paper using our etching press. I was able to achieve a very deep impression in the paper.  The red ink was added by hand as was the gold leaf detail on the front design. The end result was sharp! 

Paul had the physical cassettes made in red with black lettering and he then hand-typed a small insert for all 100 tapes using an old manual typewriter. The tapes were a huge hit and I am look forward to another project with Paul and everyone at TJR. Here is a link to the cassette! 

I made a few variant covers as well for Paul. There is a black on black one as well as a red and gold one. 

   The finished design.

 The finished design.

  Setting Up The Press

Setting Up The Press

  Inked Up and On Press

Inked Up and On Press

  Pulling a Print

Pulling a Print

  Paul provided new tunes for the printing marathon. So killer. 

Paul provided new tunes for the printing marathon. So killer. 

  Hanging Out

Hanging Out

  The final inserts trimmed and scored. 

The final inserts trimmed and scored. 

   The finished insert with red ink and gold leaf details. That snake was shiny! Pictures do no justice for the gold.

 The finished insert with red ink and gold leaf details. That snake was shiny! Pictures do no justice for the gold.

 Spine

Spine

  Black on Black on Black

Black on Black on Black

  Red Variant

Red Variant

  Finished cassette for Tor Johnson Records. 

Finished cassette for Tor Johnson Records.