Hand Lettering Workshop

Focusing on the design and illustration aspect of hand written words, this workshop will walk students through the particulars of hand lettering. Spacing, slope, texture, sharpness, roundness, rhythm, irregularity and repetition all affect our interpretation of a letter or a word. Students will practice their ability to have their written words mirror, amplify or alter the meaning of text using lettering markers, brushes, ink and other everyday art supplies.

Once tools have been tested out, the workshop will look to layout and composition. Plus, those prone to illustration and doodling will learn a few approaches to integrating text and image. The class culminates in students producing a final artwork ready to be framed, digitized or reproduced.

Want to turn your hand lettering into awesome DIY greeting card? Consider pairing this workshop with DIY Greeting Cards: Screenprinting. If hallmark greeting cards leave you wanting more, these workshops are your solution.

Screenprinting on Canvas: Make Your Own Wall Art

Screenprinting has a graphic aesthetic all its own that cannot be replicated with any digital printing service. Leave Kinko’s behind and create your own unique handmade ready-to-hang artwork featuring a favorite photograph, a line drawing, or any high-contrast image. This all-afternoon workshop allows students the time they need to perfect their own design in class, as well as learn the process of exposing a screen, mixing a custom ink color, and printing. Durable unbleached canvas is provided, as well as tips and tricks particular to printing on this heavier fabric. After printing, students will choose to wrap the print around stretcher bars or add grommets to complete their artwork.

Students are asked to bring a black and white 10” x 10” 300 dpi digital image. Please call us if you have any questions on the best way to prepare your design.

DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing (Dec 2016)

Print your own greeting cards using Spudnik Press’ traditional printing presses. The tactile quality of ink pressed into paper will surely leave an impression on the lucky recipients of your handmade cards!

Students will be able to set their own short saying or phrase and (if desired) combine it with vintage relief blocks featuring festive illustrations. This workshop combines an overview of letterpress printing and history with hands-on art making, and it is a great way to try out a new hobby before taking a longer class. Students can bring any blank cards they desire (so everyone can pick out their favorite size and color). Taking turns, each student will lock up their type and independently print with our platen presses. Students will each make about 20 cards and are encouraged to make a few extras to trade as well! The class is limited to six students so that everyone has time to run a press independently.

Basic white 5×7” flat cards are available for students who do not bring their own folded cards.

DIY Greeting Cards: Screenprinting

Screenprinting is one of many processes at Spudnik Press that can be used to print your own collection of cards. This quick and fun introduction to screenprinting on paper allows students to dabble with a new process while making giftable notecards just in time for the holidays.

Designs that begin as digitally files or hand-drawn artwork are transferred to a mesh screen using a darkroom and photographic film. From this screen, students are able to produce a run of identical prints for friends, family and coworkers.

Students will arrive with a one-color design. Throughout the workshop, they will finalize a design, expose it onto a screen, mix their own ink, and most importantly, print a set of cards. Students will walk away with 20 handmade greeting cards and basic understanding of screenprinting on paper.

Basic white 5×7” flat cards are available for students who do not bring their own cards.

Want to print your own cards, but you need some help with the design? Consider pairing this workshop with our Hand Lettering Workshop. If hallmark greeting cards leave you wanting more, these workshops are your solution.

DIY Letterpress Coasters

DIY Letterpress Coasters is an opportunity for people new to letterpress printing to dig in to the art form and be creative if not experimental. A coaster is the perfect foundation for printers to play with the art form. Students will get to make their own mixed and matched coasters by printing from various types of materials: wood type to make abstract shapes and textures, decorative antique borders to create pattern, and various contemporary designs cast as magnesium plates.

Through layering color and image, students can make a dozen unique coasters, or settle on a favorite look to create matching sets. Spudnik Press will provide the option of beginning with coasters made from thick cotton paper stock or cork. Students simply need to come to class ready to sift through type cases and dabble in the centuries old process of letterpress printing.

Relief Printmaking

Relief printmaking is a graphic and versatile type of printmaking that dates as far back as 500 BC. An image is carved in reverse onto a block, which is then inked and sent through a press. The tools are basic but the possibilities are expansive.

Relief Printmaking empowers students (both first-time printmakers and experienced printmakers) to plan, carve, and print relief blocks. After looking at dozens of examples, both historical and contemporary, students will begin their relief printing adventure with a playful low-pressure “Speedy-Cut” block. Throughout the class, students will move on to carving both linoleum and wood with a variety of carving techniques that exploit line, shape, contrast, and texture.

On the press, students will learn how to mix ink, handle paper, register multiple colors, and finesse pressure to produce a set of prints that employ lessons from throughout the class

Offset Printing: High Speed Print Production

Offset printing a commercial printing process that evolved from Lithography and capitalizes on oil and water’s natural inclination to repel each other.  This process has a unique aesthetic and the capability to produce full publications and large editions while maintaining a tactile handmade quality.

Offset Printing: High Speed Print Production will train a small group of artists how to operate our two AB Dick 360 offset presses. As offset presses are rarely made accessible to artists, Spudnik Press is proud to provide this opportunity to printmakers, illustrators, self-publishers, writers and anyone who wishes to learn.

Students will learn pre-press skills like file prep and plate making as well as basic press operation, multi-layer and double-sided registration, mixing Pantone colors and press cleaning. Plus students will learn press calibration, troubleshooting and press assessment, which are all critical skills a press operator must possess.

To become fully authorized to print independently, students will complete a final assessment demonstrating their ability to safely operate the machine.

T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop

Convert your own drawing or design to a collection of hand-printed wearable items in this energetic and informative one-day workshop. Printing an assortment of t-shirts or totebags is practical, fun and incredibly gratifying!

Students will bring to the workshops with a bold black and white drawing, a high-contrast photo, or a digital design. While .AI or .PSD files are great, we welcome students to bring anything from text typed in Microsoft Word to photocopies! After students refine the artwork (as needed) to be “print-ready”, student will use a pre-coated photographic screen and mix their own custom ink color. Everyone is encouraged to bring five items of their choosing to print. As long as they are fabric and flat, we can help you print on it! T-shirts, tote bags, tea towels, bandanas, and thrift store jean jackets, will work great. Leave with a sample for an Etsy store, a surprise gift for a friend, or an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags!

Screenprinting Explorations (Jan 2017)

Most people are fans of screenprinting whether they know it or not. Screenprinting is an art form known for its bold graphics and its usefulness. A close cousin of stenciling, screenprinting is easy to learn, yet hard to master. Our eight-week class provides adequate time for new printers to complete a range of projects on paper and fabric, gradually increasing in complexity and nuance. With the ongoing support of a pro to help trouble-shoot along the way, students will be familiar with dark room exposure, mesh count, screen tension, ink consistency, and registration.

In addition to developing A+ printing skills, this class will help students develop their imagery, be it hand-drawn illustration or digital files, to work best as a print. By the end of the class, students will know their way around the printshop, and be well equipped to continue printing independently at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing

Print your own greeting cards using Spudnik Press’ traditional printing presses. The tactile quality of ink pressed into paper will surely leave an impression on the lucky recipients of your handmade cards!

Students will be able to set their own short saying or phrase and (if desired) combine it with vintage relief blocks featuring festive illustrations. This workshop combines an overview of letterpress printing and history with hands-on art making, and it is a great way to try out a new hobby before taking a longer class. Students can bring any blank cards they desire (so everyone can pick out their favorite size and color). Taking turns, each student will lock up their type and independently print with our platen presses. Students will each make about 20 cards and are encouraged to make a few extras to trade as well! The class is limited to six students so that everyone has time to run a press independently.

Illustrative Lettering: Combining Word & Image

The unification of written language and visual language can create powerful communication. When done well, illustrative lettering leads to impactful poster design, cards and invitations, advertisements and artwork. Building from each student’s personal style, this workshop will amplify hand-lettering skills and focus on techniques to combine text with illustration.

Students will gain inspiration and ideas from looking at several illustrations by a wide range of artists. Using various prompts, students will practice transforming letterforms into image and experiment with readability, layout, shape, and style. After developing sketches using a wide range of techniques and tools, everyone will have the opportunity to focus on a final illustration that incorporates skills learned throughout the afternoon.

Risography 101 (January 2017)

The Risograph is an automated duplicator from Japan that efficiently produces offset-like photocopies. Though not originally intended for artistic application, the machine has recently gained traction (and notoriety) in small-press culture for its distinct footprint and efficiently as well as being rather finicky.

This workshop will walk students through the fundamentals of Risograph printing for making books and fine art prints, and familiarize students with techniques to best reproduce their imagery. Students will become acquainted with the mechanics of the printer and learn basic maintenance, including how to change the master roll and a drum’s ink tube. Lastly, students will learn how to best design for the Risograph, taking into consideration ink drying time, ink density, paper options, registration, and patience. Everyone will leave with a three-color collaborative print produced throughout the workshop and authorization to continue making Risograph prints at Spudnik Press Cooperative.