Handcrafted Letterpress Printed Art

Portland, Oregon · 4700 Sales


Handcrafted Letterpress Printed Art

Portland, Oregon 4700 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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-Michelle Murdock
All products are copyright protected. Rights not transferable with sale.
©2001-2016 Michelle Murdock, Quail Lane Press


Last updated on Feb 18, 2017

If you are in the Portland area and want to set up a local pick up (and save on shipping) just convo us!

Want to get to know us even better?...check out our "About" page. Or zee blog:


-Michelle Murdock
All products are copyright protected. Rights not transferable with sale.
©2001-2016 Michelle Murdock, Quail Lane Press


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Gift Wrap
Deer, Letterpress Print
Three Map Promotion
Lake Tahoe Basin Letterpress Printed Map (Navy)
Virgin Islands, Letterpress Printed Map Print
Outer Banks, Letterpress Map Print (Dark Grey)
Kauai, Hawaii, Letterpress Printed Map
Sirens and Sailors, Linocut Letterpress Poster
Mount Hood, Oregon, Letterpress Printed Mini Map
Truckee, California Letterpress Map Print
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Check out our new mini map of Mount Hood!

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Mount Hood, Oregon, Letterpress Printed Mini Map
The Portland Letterpress Fair is this Saturday and we'll be there selling cards and prints! It's at the Redd on Salmon Street. Hope to see you there!

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Looking for a unique Mother's Day gift?

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Charting New Territory with the Old: A Letterpress Story

We began Quail Lane Press began in 2009 with a small tabletop press in the laundry room of our cabin. Today, all QLP designs are conceived and designed by me, Michelle, and printed by my husband Charles on our Vandercook letterpress in our workshop in Milwaukie, a charming town just south of Portland Oregon.

Developed by Johannes Gutenberg way back in the 15th century, the process of letterpress printing consists of several stages: creating a relief plate of an image or composing old type to form an image, stationing the plate on the bed of the press to print in the right place on the paper, inking up the press, and printing. It is a labor of love.

We make all things letterpress but specialize in typographic posters, linocuts, and hand drawn maps. We are what you call map geeks… And proud of it. Maps remind us of the places that are special in our life or places that we have dreams to go to one day. And we think they elicit the same response in a lot of other people. Our maps show an undeveloped landscape…there are no highways or cities only familiar natural landmarks like rivers and coastlines.

We also tend to make maps of very specific areas. We have a few state and country maps but what we really enjoy is finding these smaller areas that are special to people. So far we have mapped around 40 places in the US and abroad and are doing our best to get to the many requests that people have made for new places.

We recently began a new line of colorful prints focusing on the animal kingdom. After welcoming our first child into the world and seeing his inherent fascination with animals, it renewed our own interest in animals. So many of us have a favorite animal (or dare we say, a power animal) and we think these prints make great pieces for anywhere from the nursery to the office!

Do you take commissions of custom maps?

Presently we take requests for places (and want to get to them all!). We take every request into consideration and I rank each place depending on how many people have requested that place, and how salable it might be. Because each map takes a great deal of time to draw and costs around $200 in materials to make, We are making our way through the list pretty slowly. If you are interested in buying a whole edition of a map (or a completely custom map for only you) let us know and we can discuss pricing further.

Can you change the size or color of the one of the maps you currently have in stock?

In contrast to digitally made prints, letterpress printing involves using custom made relief plates or hand set type (carefully situated on the bed of the press), hand mixing and application of ink, and feeding each piece of paper through the machine one at a time. Thus, changing size and color is a big process. Because we are trying to create as many new pieces as we can, and we have a limited amount of time to do so, we can no longer accomodate these requests.

Shipping is kind of expensive, why?

In order to prevent any harm by angry postal workers (or machines) coming to your print, we package each print in a waterproof cello sleeve, nestled between two pieces of cardboard then placed in a large flat mailer. We've found this technique pretty fool proof but it does make the packages pretty heavy, which results in the price of shipping.

Do you allow the use of your images for other reproductions?

We welcome any shout-outs in your blog or publication and in fact will gladly send you hi res images to use for your feature. But as far as the use of any of our works for reproduction goes, the answer is generally no, as the majority of our pieces are limited editions. But contact me if you have questions. All of our work is protected by U.S. copyright laws.


Shop members

  • Michelle Murdock Snyder

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    Michelle has been printing editions for around a decade. She experimented with etching and lithography while earning a master’s degree from Yale University, and transitioned to relief printing, hand pulled and letterpress, after college.

  • Charles Snyder


    Charles, aka Chip, spends his days in the shop finessing the press, and creating beautiful prints. A true printer.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 26, 2015
I want each customer to be completely satisfied with their purchase so please contact me if your package does not meet your expectations or was damaged in any way upon arrival. Also, if you have any questions about a work or if you would like to work with me on a special order, shoot me a message.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
I accept payments made via paypal and direct checkout. Items ship when payments are made in full.
Each order ships within 2 business days from time of purchase. If you need to rush an order or if your order is a gift and you would like special handling on it convo me or don't forget to leave me a note during purchase. In some cases, for rushed items, the shipping may be a bit more costly and I will create a custom listing for you.

Tracking info for international orders is unavailable after the package leaves the United States-except in Canada and in some places in the UK. In regard to international sales the buyer is responsible for any customs duties or taxes that may be incurred. For items that require customs forms to be filled out, the item will be declared as merchandise, and its value listed.
Refunds and Exchanges
My aim is to have each customer be happy with their order.
If you are not happy with your order you may send it back and we can issue store credit in exchange.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your order and I'll be happy to help. Customer satisfaction is guaranteed!
Additional policies and FAQs
We are located in the Portland Oregon Metro area so if you would like to set up local pickup and save on shipping please make a note of that when placing your order. We also sell our prints in many retail locations so if you would like to know where to purchase locally, drop us a line.