Letterpress Leaf Print Time!

It's that time of year again. The leaves on the trees are changing color and my students are learning the basics of typography using the letterpress. Each student collects several large leaves and presses them in a book. In the meantime they construct sentences about design that follow the format "Design is ________, but is not _________." They build type forms with our collection of lead type and learn all about kerning and leading by hand. Finally we take their pressed leaves and print the sentences on top. 

Some leaf prints from my Typography 1 class at Judson University hanging to dry in our letterpress studio. 

Some leaf prints from my Typography 1 class at Judson University hanging to dry in our letterpress studio.