Category Archives: paper


Tibetan Prayerbook Invitation

It was a lot of work, but the end result was worth it. The client is very into Tibetan buddhism and Nepal, and wanted a wedding invitation that evoked the prayerbooks from the area. Each of the five cards inside the invitation are two-ply hand-torn Tibetan paper. The bookends are heavy-weight kraft wrapped in dyed Tibetan paper and tied with paper twine. The envelope is custom with white hand calligraphy.


Japanese Paper in Wedding Invitations

Here at Tiny Pine Press we love Japanese paper! Whenever we it suits the project, we like to include Japanese paper envelope liners or backing. Above is an example of a wonderful combination of Japanese paper (an ocean wave pattern) with a natural wood-backed letterpress wedding invitation. The invitation also features handmade paper and stitching. The invitation was for a beach wedding in California, and the combination of Japanese print and natural wood evokes driftwood and Zen all at the same time.

A Three Piece Birth Announcement for Baby O

tri-fold-birth-announcement-2 Yes, just in time for his first birthday (it’s been that kind of year), a blog post featuring our son Otis’ birth announcement.

These were quite ambitious, given that we had just had a baby. To be fair, we had no idea Baby Otis would be as much of a handful as he was (is). Still, they came out great.

The cards were made from simple recycled chipboard sandwiched between different Japanese papers and edge painted in gold. The writing was letterpress on gold card stock, and the whole thing was tied together with ribbon. On the front, a small pressed flower — a Jungle Flame bloom, to be exact.

All the gold was sort of in honor of Otis’ name, which apparently means “wealth”, although that’s not why we gave it to him (it’s a grandfather’s).
These took an enormous amount of work, but I suppose they were worth it. I will say this, if there’s a #2 he or she will be getting something a bit simpler!

Style Me Pretty Features the Tiny Pine Press Wedding

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage. And then comes a feature on Style Me Pretty!

The full wedding invitation set.

The full wedding invitation set.

We are honored to have photos from our wedding, taken by the unsurpassable Gia Canali, featured on Style Me Pretty today. The Style Me Pretty feature has photos of our custom save the dates, wedding invitations, day of paper and the wedding itself. And anything they don’t show we promise to put up here in the next couple weeks…

It’s been over a year since the wedding and since then we’ve moved and had a baby. Oh, we were so young…or maybe it’s just life before baby Otis… Anyway, taking a fresh look at our wedding invitation, menus, signs and everything else we created for the big day, we are pretty darn proud, if we do say so ourselves.

Under the Pepper Tree…

It was almost 3 years ago when we worked on this sweet backyard wedding… It’s so timeless!

Back when designing the wedding papers for Julia and Eli,  I met them at the Bride’s mothers home where they showed me the Pepper Tree where they would be married. It was decided that I should illustrate it for their wedding invitations…. So that’s just what I did.

The pepper tree printed blind on museum board, with green type and then mounted to cedar veneer… I love using cedar for weddings – it keeps the critters away from a marriage, I like to think. and it smells so nice too! not to mention the warm coloration.

And just for fun, the save the date as well.

Thanks to Gia Canali for the photos and there are tons of wedding photos featured on Style me Pretty


magical monochromatics

Last year we worked on Britt and Peter’s wedding invitations with Nicole Sillapere and Rosemary Events. All the paper goods for this wedding were tactile and warm even though the color palette was shades of white and grey.

The layers of this invitation were intricate – the was hand calligraphy for print, laser cutting, letterpress, mounting, hand tearing, ribbon binding, foil stamping and die cutting. It was tedious but worth it. And the vintage stamps came together so well, though we had to use some newer stamps because of the size and weight of the handmade heavyweight envelopes.

The wedding programs were also pretty special… small booklets printed on textured translucent paper with white cotton organdy covers with a simple stitch bind. these are my very favorite programs!

The escort cards echoed the invitations – handtorn with laser cut slits for the ribbon.

When everything came together what we created as a giant collaborations was truly magical!

Thanks to Abby Ross Photography for the amazing photos on this one. Check out everything on Style Me Pretty!

the meditating dog


We were so excited to see our meditating dog (actually meditating Fou Fou, the dog who modeled for the illustration) letterpress stationery in the new issue of BARK Magazine! They published a wonderful article about letterpress printing and printshop dogs. I love these cards – they go with a whole line of meditating animals available in the tiny pine etsy shop. They are great for DOG lovers – which are plentiful here in Los Angeles, that’s for certain.

My fiancé and I just got a dog…. Dash… He comes to work with me every day and sleeps or spazzes out around the  studio and mixes things up with Izzy – the other little doggie who works here – or plays here – or lays here! We love him but sometimes he freaks out and loses his zen… probably because we have yet to teach him to meditate so I can illustrate him – or I could just make him a dancing dog shiva – he does like to dance!

A dinner for The Hollywood Farmers’ Market

When the production of The Cooking Channel series “He Cooks She Cooks” asked me to create a printed menu for a benefit dinner cooked by Suzanne Goin and David Lentz, I jumped at the opportunity.

I LOVE cooking (well, baking mostly but more top of the stove lately) and I LOVE the Hollywood Farmer’s Market. So it was an easy “YES”. They gave me the menu which was based on locally available ingredients, and I typset and printed the menu in a jiffy. Hopefully the letterpress was helpful in raising money for the Farmers Market!

The show aired this past Sunday, but hopefully will repeat so everyone can see it!

Oh, follow this link to a better description of the show and the recipes for some of their creations….