#ColorInspiration Instagram Series


A while back we started an Instagram hashtag series - #ColorInspiration - and after 3 months, its the perfect time to share some of those with you.

What are we doing? We're mixing our obsession with ink with memorable / inspirational quotes because they're two things we love.

We talk a lot about mixing ink. From our favorite colors, to tips and tricks of the trade.

If you didn't know by now, all of our ink is mixed by hand. It gives us the flexibility to adjust colors to get a perfect match.

Check out our Instagram feed (@dolcepress) for more of these pictures and to catch up on our latest work.

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Color Inspiration Series - Blue White Ink Mix #ColorInspiration

“All great achievements require time.”
– Maya Angelou

#ColorInspiration Instagram Series - Rainbow Roll

Why Ink?

I think ink is one of those things that makes old school printing (letterpress, screen printing, offset) great. Doing things by hand helps to slow us down and thats a good thing.


The color we mix directly affects the finished print. What you mix with one dash of Process Blue and a teaspoon of Rubine Red is like a chef seasoning a dish – without it everything seems bland.


The Human brain is addicted to color. Can you imagine a world in black and white? Colors speak to us, sometimes in a subtle way and sometimes overtly.

#ColorInspiration Instagram Series - Red White and Blue

“If you obey all the rules, you will miss all the fun.”
– Katharine Hepburn

#ColorInspiration Instagram Series - Spring Green ink Mix


I’ve always been fascinated with what other people have to say. Their view of the world, work, life, etc. Its especially helpful at 2am when you’ve lost steam or have a bit of writer’s block.


The unique thing is that everyone’s perspective is twisted different.


Jeyn Roberts said:

“There are three different sides to every story.



What really happened: the truth.”

#ColorInspiration Instagram Series - Teal Ink Mix

“You cannot always wait for the perfect time. Sometimes you must dare to jump.”
– Unknown

#ColorInspiration Instagram Series - Powder Blue Ink Mix
#ColorInspiration Instagram Series - Process Blue + Opz3White Ink Bases

“Success isn’t something that just happens – success is learned, success is practiced and then it is shared.”
– Sparky Anderson

#ColorInspiration Instagram Series - Black and White Ink Mix
#ColorInspiration Instagram Series - Metallic Silver (PMS 877)

“Look at life through the windshield, not the rear view mirror.”
-Byrd Baggett

#ColorInspiration Instagram Series - Pale Pink Ink Mix
#ColorInspiration Instagram Series - Rhodamine Red Base Color

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
– George Bernard Shaw

#ColorInspiration Instagram Series - Mixing Golden Yellow
#ColorInspiration Instagram Series - Bright Red Ink Mix

“Simplicity is not a simple thing.”
– Charles Chaplin

#ColorInspiration Instagram Series - Rhodamine Red + White makes Pink
#ColorInspiration Instagram Series - Mixing Brown Ink

“The world doesn’t care how many times you fall down, as long as it’s one fewer then the number of times you get back up.”
– Aaron Sorkin

#ColorInspiration Instagram Series - Pale Gray Ink Mix
#ColorInspiration Instagram Series - PMS Green Ink Mix

Slow down …

I hope you enjoyed reading the post and maybe now you feel inspired! I’d love you to take the time to share your thoughts, a favorite quote for us to feature in the next #ColorInspiration post, or a tip/question about ink.


Take some time to check out out our recent projects:

A Patriotic Poster – a limited edition print to celebrate our independence.

A Type Card by Tucci Cursive – we collaborated with lettering artist Liz Bartucci for a special print

#BackToBusiness: Another Colour – a beautiful set of cards we printed using Neenah Astrobrights