Deborah Tseng


Deborah Tseng Studio

2019 Letterpress Calendar Suite


Personally, I believe that getting yourself a calendar or planner is one of the most important decisions you have to make every year.

A really nice calendar or planner could put you in good spirit throughout the year. It should be more than something you simply have for keepsake. It should serve a special purpose.

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With twelve unique quotes that I mindfully selected and lettered by hand, I want them to become a part of your everyday experience.

I wish for you to know that you are loved, and that you are your most important person.

 January to June start the year with you with warm color tones and motivational reminders.

January to June start the year with you with warm color tones and motivational reminders.

 July to December speaks to you in cool color tones, reminding you to slow down and appreciate yourself.

July to December speaks to you in cool color tones, reminding you to slow down and appreciate yourself.

Paper: 700gsm premium cardstock paper (thickness=1mm)
Size: 3cmx18cm (5”x7”)
Wooden stand: Beech wood (custom made with laser engraving)

 700gsm premium cardstock paper.

700gsm premium cardstock paper.

A bit about the process…

Being a lettering artist with a love for handmade paper goods, I'm always looking for ways to amplify the "by hand" nature of lettering.

Ever since I was being introduced to the art of letterpress, that was it.
The two of them were meant to be. They are not about being perfect, they are about embracing the imperfection and the uniqueness.

And that was exactly why I decided to make this calendar suite happen.

When I first started with the idea of this letterpress suite, I knew I wanted it to be something special, and maybe a bit personal.
A bit personal, like a gift from a very dear friend.

It took me two months to hand letter all the quotes, and to make sure that I was happy with the result before digitizing them.
Then the digitized files were being sent to a letterpress printer in Taichung for proof and plate making.

After we’re back to Taiwan (we just moved back from Korea), I took two days to join them at the printer to make sure the printing was how I wanted.
Especially with the colors.

And phew! Was I glad that I was there.
The color I chose for September somehow did not fit in, and we ended up re-printing the whole batch.

See more from behind the scenes.

 the ombré effect

the ombré effect

After the printing was done, we had to wait another two days to make sure the ink was dry before they could ship it to me.

Before officially having them in stock, I took a handful of seconds to a carpenter and asked if they could custom make a wooden stand for these cards.
All of them are exactly 1mm in thickness, and I wanted the stand to fit one piece of card at a time.

Every month is special on it’s own. I wanted to make sure of that.

 with love, Deborah

with love, Deborah

 the perfect stand

the perfect stand

The design for the packaging is still in progress. All I know is that I will personally package every single set + wax seal them before I bid them goodbye.

It is a limited-edition, one-off print project. There are only 100 sets available, and you can pre-order them either through my shop or Etsy.
I will be shipping them out starting from October 25th.

I really hope they introduce you to the beauty of both hand lettering and letterpress, and at the same time, accompany you with its understated elegance and spirit.

The quotes

-Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.
-You owe yourself the love you so freely give to people.
-Do it now. Later becomes never.
-You are not a mess. You are brave for trying.
-It doens't get easier. You get better.
-Be careful what you tolerate. You are teaching people how to treat you.
-If you haven't found it yet, don't stop looking.
-Make time to do the things you love.
-Nobody is worth losing yourself for.
-It's better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
-Don't forget how far you have come.
-Life is a party. Have a little fun.

*If you have any further questions regarding this letterpress suite, please feel free to contact me via Facebook or Instagram.