Letterpress Mother’s Day Cards Workshop

Are you looking for letterpress classes and book arts workshops in the Bay Area? Keep your eyes on our Upcoming Classes page — the Fall schedule will be announced in the near future. Learn the basics of letterpress, make a poetry chapbook, and more!

In the meantime…take a look at some photos from our recent Mother’s Day card printing workshop:

katie nealon workshop at north bay letterpress arts

katie nealon workshop at north bay letterpress arts

katie nealon workshop at north bay letterpress arts

katie nealon workshop at north bay letterpress arts

katie nealon workshop at north bay letterpress arts

 

Printing with SRJC Students

North Bay Letterpress Arts recently hosted Santa Rosa Junior College graphic design students and helped them to print their own designs from photopolymer plates. While many projects at NBLA involve hand-laid lead or wood type, the process showed students how the printing method evolved over time, and how they could incorporate their graphic design skills to make custom prints by hand.

The students learned how to print on the Vandercook SP-15:

santa rosa junior college students letterpress

santa rosa junior college students letterpress

Designs were printed 4-up…

santa rosa junior college students letterpress

…and trimmed down into individual cards to take home.

santa rosa junior college students letterpress

It is one of the goals of NBLA to provide printing experiences to different schools in the region. If you are a teacher interested in bringing your students into the printshop in Sebastopol, feel free to contact us!

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Solar Printing at NBLA

On March 25, Jami Taback taught a Solar Plate Printing workshop that created some beautiful work in the printshop. Solar plate printing is a simple, safe, and fast approach to traditional etching. It does not require the use of grounds, acids or solvents. Solar plate printmaking is used by artists, printmakers, and photographers all over the world.

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Solar plates are exposed with UV light and developed with ordinary tap water.

jami taback solar plate printing workshop at north bay letterpress arts

jami taback solar plate printing workshop at north bay letterpress arts

jami taback solar plate printing workshop at north bay letterpress arts

Students watch as JamiĀ  washes exposed plate material to reveal their solar printing plates.

jami taback solar plate printing workshop at north bay letterpress arts

jami taback solar plate printing workshop at north bay letterpress arts

Participants were introduced to the exposing, developing and printing of solar plates. Direct drawing, photographic and digital approaches to creating images was taught. Inking, wiping and paper preparation was also be demonstrated. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants had a clear understanding of the solar plate process and were able to take their very own prints home!

jami taback solar plate printing workshop at north bay letterpress arts

jami taback solar plate printing workshop at north bay letterpress arts

jami taback solar plate printing workshop at north bay letterpress arts

Create your own prints in one of our upcoming workshops!

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