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Last updated on 28 Jun, 2022

Handmade with vintage printing equipment using recycled materials. Don’t copy - collaborate!


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Karen Edwards

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Karen Edwards


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About TheRedButtonPress

Sales 864
On Etsy since 2012

Creating new art using old fashioned techniques and recycled materials and equipment.

I studied graphic design at a time when tutors where pushing computers. I appreciated the technical capabilities but I just loved the experience an original print produced.

It was a full sensory experience. Feeling the texture of the paper, handling the type, carving the linoleum block - you can even hear when you have rolled out the ink to the consistency that is just right.

It is a time consuming process and can take hours, even days to get to the printmaking stage but when printing is in full swing you hit a rhythm and it's like music or the sound of the sea - another favourite sound of mine!

The techniques I use:

LETTERPRESS printing in the Western world was developed by Guttenberg in 1439 and it was this method - of using moveable type to print books and newspapers and other informative ephemera that remained in use until the 20th Century. The artist composes then locks movable type (individual letters) into the bed of a press, inks it, and presses paper against it to transfer the ink from the type.


With the introduction of computers many Letterpress workshops closed down and sadly a lot of their type and equipment was destroyed. Thankfully, a few remain and many artists are realising the beauty of the process and bringing Letterpress into the 21st Century.

My Letterpress items are printed using vintage printing blocks together with old wooden and lead type on my collection of rescued and refurbished printing presses Ada, Babs and Thom.


LINOCUT printing uses a block made from a mixture of cork and linseed oil compressed onto a hessian back. It was and still is used as a flooring material. The design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (relief) areas representing the parts to be printed. The surface is inked with a roller and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a press.

There are other carving blocks often called ‘Lino’ on the market nowadays but these are made from various plastics and polymers. I prefer the traditional ‘battleship grey’ true Lino which I find gives a better print and is more environmentally friendly.


Thanks for reading - please drop me a line if you would like to know more.

Cheerio for now....



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  • Karen Edwards

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    The Red Button Press is the artist Karen Edwards. She loves making original art using Letterpress printing and Linocut.

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Last updated on 29 April, 2022
Thank you so much for visiting my shop. I love creating work and hope my pieces can bring a little colour and happiness to your day.

I am a printmaker and create my work using old fashioned methods and all by hand. I use vintage type made from wood and lead. I hand set the type and print my designs using various antique printing presses.

I hand carve my printing blocks and use environmentally friendly inks and paper.

I work from my lovely studio in Liverpool, England.


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I cannot post items until I have received payment from you. If payment hasn't come through after 7 days I will contact you to let you know.

If I don't get a reply after two weeks - sorry but I will cancel the order.


I've taken a lot of time and care creating my work so I do the same when posting the items I've made so they reach you in perfect condition.

Individual A4 prints are packaged in a clear biodegradable plastic sleeve, with a cardboard insert to protect the print. I then wrap prints in tissue paper, secured with paper tape for extra protection in transit.

I care about the environment so all my packaging is recyclable and biodegradable.

As all work is made to order - please check estimated delivery times which are slightly longer at the moment due to the current pandemic. You will be notified when your order has been posted.

Where an item says *Free Delivery Included* this item is posted 2nd Class standard.
You will receive a notification from me when I have posted your item.
Royal Mail estimates 2nd Class post to arrive in 2 - 4 days.
This does not include tracking!

If an item does not arrive in that time I have to wait 15 working days until I can declare an item lost.

If you require an item tracked you must upgrade your postage in the drop down menu.


I am based in the UK so if you want your order by a certain date please contact me before you order and I can advise.

Royal Mail International Standard delivery aims-

To deliver to Europe from UK 3 - 5 working days
to deliver worldwide from UK 5 - 7 working days

This is not guaranteed and can take longer to arrive with the current worldwide situation..

If being posted to an address outside the UK then STANDARD delivery does NOT insure or track delivery.

If you want peace of mind that your parcel is insured if it goes missing PLEASE choose Tracked delivery from the drop down menu when ordering or contact me for advice.

If the item is a gift - let me know first and I can post it to the lucky person with a message from you!

I currently visit the post office once a week but if your order is time sensitive then please ask first before ordering - thank you.

UK free delivery is second Class Royal Mail. Upgrades are available - choose from the drop down menus.

Sometimes things do go wrong with delivery which are out of my control... if you have not received your item within five working days (UK) of me posting it then please get in touch. For international deliveries please allow 20 working days.

Any customs charges incurred are the sole responsibility of the customer, and the onus is on the customer to check any relevant customs charges, tax or duty, which may be payable in their own country before placing an order. By placing an order you are agreeing to this policy.

Thank you for reading.

Additional policies and FAQs

Prints are hand inked and pulled and not created using a computer!

They take time and I have included pictures of the carved printing blocks or the wooden/metal type where I can for you to see more of the process involved in the creation of your print.

All work is sold without a mount and UNFRAMED unless stated. Photos showing work in frame are just to show you how the print could look on your wall.

All images are copyright Karen Edwards/The Red Button Press and should not be reproduced without my explicit permission.


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