Blackbird Letterpress


Blackbird Letterpress is a fine art printmaking studio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Founded in 2003, we blend traditional techniques and organic forms with new technology and contemporary design.

Introducing the Blackbird Wedding Collection, new, fresh, clean designs ready for your customization. If you are interested in something custom, we are happy to create a custom design for letterpress wedding invitations, as well as personal stationery and business collateral.  We’ll work closely with you to create the perfect look for your special occasion.  We start by having a conversation, through email or, if you’re local, we’ll meet for a cup of coffee.  Once we get the information we need about the look you want, a formal estimate is created and a deposit is requested to start the job.  We are a small operation, so turnaround times will vary depending on the time of year.

Please visit our website to see more samples of our invitations and designs, as well as download pricing info.

The impression you see in our printed paper goods will vary depending on the paper and type of relief image we use.  A lino cut leaves less impression than a magnesium plate, for example.  While we enjoy the texture debossing creates, we cannot exceed the ability of our press or compromise our type or print blocks to make a deeper impression than good printing demands.  In everything we print, we strive to maintain high quality and strong design.  We’re proud to say that everything here is, hand fed, and treadle driven or hand cranked.

In the printshop, we use recycled and tree-free materials, soy based solvents, and low VOC inks -making a small footprint with a bold visual impact.

Photos by Ben Christensen Photography

Betsy Dunlap Calligraphy

Calligraphy by Hillary