Has anyone tried prining on leather?

I’m using my letterpress to print on suede. I have to ink my plates by hand so type of ink doesn’t really matter, but I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions on what to use. I’m worried that oil-based inks will take forever to dry in the Savannah humidity, and that water based inks will rub off if something spills. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Log in to reply   1 reply so far

The ‘printing’ generally seen on the covers of leather-bound books is usually heat-stamped foil and not ink. The foil does not necessarily have to be metalic, but can be opaque flat colors as well. This makes me tend to believe that ink applications do not work very well on leather. Not to say it can’t be done, I just don’t ever recall anyone actually doing it.

Opps! I take that back. I do recall Amos Kennedy printing on leather strips for bookmarks. I have no idea of the drying time or smearability(?) of the inks he used.