When it comes to print, few techniques convey such an intense sense of artistry and craftsmanship as engraving. Did you know engraving’s modest beginning produced a system enabling mass communication and the spread of priceless art? It was actually the first way to enlighten the masses. It’s a tradition steeped in history and the website from Neenah Paper, The Beauty of Engraving, is dedicated to the craft. Detailing the milestones of engraving’s history, the site also showcases the work of contemporary designers using the medium today in a series of prints. The newest addition to the series was created by lettering artist, Kevin Cantrell, and we’re super excited to be able to giveaway 10 of these limited edition prints to our audience.
The Nature of Victorian, Issue 5 in the series, will leave you awestruck. Designer, Kevin Cantrell says this about engraving: “On a smaller scale, engraving is to a designer what a mural is to Leonardo; it adds a dimensionality that enlivens, aggrandizes, and perpetuates a designer’s vision. Typography is born into a breathing entity once augmented by the engraving process. The finished product thus becomes the very effigy of a designer. Nothing can replicate the precision, craftsmanship, and authenticity it brings. When I begin any project, I always look for an excuse to engrave and begin with that vision in site. On a printed piece, if you’re going to sell any vision to the client, sell them the vision of engraving: a vision of perpetuity.”
One look at this print and you can see exactly what Kevin means. The selection of Crane’s Crest 100% Pure Cotton in 179# Double Thick Cover is the perfect backdrop for the rich gold and emerald color palette. When we got our copy, we actually gasped upon opening the package. Given the nature of our business, we get to see some pretty amazing work, and this piece is at the top of our list. While you get a sense of the project from the images we’re sharing here, it’s nothing compared to experiencing the piece in person. If you have a client that is looking to convey prestige, luxury or a sense of history, show them them this piece and what the beauty of engraving can do for their brand.
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