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Letterpress for the 21st Century | Australian Specialty Printers

GOLD FOIL EMBOSS AUSTRALIAN CRESTHaven’t heard of specialty printers, Watermarx Graphics? You must be living under a rock! Just kidding… but, seriously?

OK, here’s the run-down if you haven’t met us yet or you need a reminder before you bump into us at the next graphic design or print event in Sydney 😉

We are a team of dedicated print specialists. Our workshop is in Brookvale and, if you have met us, you will probably know our owners, the dynamic duo Al Fawcett and Ange O’Dea.

We’ve been at this for a while. It’s a rare occasion that we have the chance to step back and take check of what has been going on all these years. We opened our doors here in Sydney’s Northern Beaches in 2005 and have been working on print design projects at the very top end of the market ever since.

What kind of printing does Watermarx Graphics specialise in?

We really have done it all! At our heart, we are artisans and craftspeople who have carved out a niche in fancy embellishments. We try to take print design from great to out-of-this-world. That’s really our jam.

Our services include:

• Letterpress Printing
• Foil Stamping
• Embossing and Debossing
Texturing Paper
• Edge Gilding 

 

We do this for designers, design studios and we have awesome relationships with several print companies who we collaborate with to get their trade finishing done. In other words, we become our clients’ secret weapon so that they can offer their clients all these specialty extras.

We’re not just a pretty face, though. We’re inventors!

We got so good at this stuff that we patented letterpress technology called CLIQX. It’s the polymer system that we use to achieve our signature sharp, paper-sculpted letterpress and embossing results.

What’s more, people love it. That is why we have been lucky enough to claim so many industry accolades over the years for our work.

We don’t like to brag, but…

  • 2016 Media Super National Print Awards Silver & Bronze
  • 2016 FSEA Broze and Gold Leaf Award (USA) for “Invitations” & “Embossing and Letterpress”
  • 2013 FSEA Gold Leaf Award (USA) for “Excellence in Foil Stamping & Embossing”
  • 2012 FSEA Bronze Leaf Award (USA)
  • 2013 National Print Awards – Printing Industries Association of Australia, Bronze for “Specialty Print”
  • 2008 National Print Awards – Printing Industries Association of Australia, Bronze for “Innovation”
  • 2013 NSW PICA Excellence Awards Gold & Silver for “Stationary” & “Specialty Print”
  • 2012 NSW PICA Excellence Awards Gold & Silver for “Stationary”, “Self-Promotion”, “Small Business Category” & “Specialty Print”
  • 2011 NSW PICA Excellence Awards Gold, Silver & Bronze for “Specialty Print”
  • 2010 NSW PICA Excellence Awards Silver
  • 2010 GASAA Printovation Awards Gold

…and that’s just to name a few.

Passionate About Print Design and Paper Art

We’re design geeks and type freaks when it comes to print on paper. We can talk about textures, stock weights, inks, dies, foils, depth or height of an emboss and machines with you all day. Well, we could if we weren’t so busy helping our clients create A-list event invitations, stunning wedding invitations, business cards without compare, marketing materials to turn heads and more. Still, it’s always a delight to take a moment to sit back and smell the…envelopes?

There you have it! We’re acquainted now so don’t be a stranger. Call, email or Facebook stalk us anytime. We want to hear about what you have cooking and have lots of ideas about how we can help make it amazing!

Posted by watermarx on the 12th of June 2018

YAY FOR LOVE! | We Celebrate Australia’s YES Vote

rainbow ink splash celebrates the yes voteYES VOTE! |  Australia has resoundingly voted Yes! to marriage equality and gay weddings in a historic result last week. 7.8 million people cast their vote for “YES” and the nation has truly shown its support for the rights of same-sex couples to wed.

Vote Yes For Local Business

As a family-run Australian business, we couldn’t be more proud that the yes voters of Australia have shown support for our friends and family who, until now, have been forced to marry overseas in countries that recognise the right for gay couples to walk down the aisle. Now, with this result in the survey, we expect to see it legalised here soon so that those couples will have the same right to marry here in Australia, using Aussie wedding experts to help them plan and arrange their special day.

Vote Yes For Beautiful Design & Designer Printing

Watermarx is delighted with the yes vote result—we say bring on the fabulousness! We love a good wedding and can’t wait to work on invitations for the weddings. From letterpress, to foil gilding, stamping, embossing, debossing, we can’t wait to discuss papers and inks with you. Finally, the time is now to start planning a beautiful stationery suite that celebrates the love of your union, here in Oz!

Posted by watermarx on the 18th of November 2017

VA-VA-VOOM | Khouzame Group bring together a WOW wedding invite

WOW Lebanese Wedding invitations. We have printed stationery for the events and catering company, Khouzame Group, many times over the  years and appreciate their attention to detail and quality they insist upon, going always above the call of duty on behalf of their customers. They realise exquisite occasions, putting in a tremendous effort to bring to life the vision of their clients for their special events, and make dreams (and dream days) a reality, with style and panache, and a lot of hard work (that they make look effortless)!

So, you can imagine how excited we were when they reached out to us for input into a special job for their client. They asked us to recommend a designer for a suite of wedding stationery, and we didn’t hesitate. We recommended Heather Hawkins of Hawk Creative. Heather always produces such stunning bespoke design for event stationery, and she delivered as always with this challenge.

Happy were we to unite these two talented businesses to collaborate on a beautiful piece of work. It bought together the best of all of Watermarx’s capabilities too. The result was a luxurious suite.

Invitation specs |

  • 600 GSM Gmund cotton mounted back to back
  • Debossed image
  • Foil-stamped design and gilded edges

Invitation cover |

  • Digitally printed on Superfine
  • Embossed and foil stamped

Information cards |

  • Digitally and letterrepss printed
  • Edge gilding

RSVP cards  |

  • Foil stamped both sides

Wrap |

  • Bundled in an embossed and foil-stamped belly band

 

We loved doing this job and it truly reflected all of the process that Watermarx and our fabulous clients have to offer!

Posted by watermarx on the 28th of January 2017