Posts Categorized: Crafty Projects

DIY Greeting Cards: Screenprinting

Screenprinting is one of many processes at Spudnik Press that can be used to print your own set of greeting cards. This is a quick and fun introduction to printing on paper allows students to dabble with a new process while making personalized cards for their friends and family.

Students will bring to the workshop their own one-color digital or hand-drawn designs. Not a design expert? No problem! Any bold black and white image will work, and students will be able to finesse their design after learning the strengths and limitations of the process. While Illustrator or Photoshop files are great, students can bring anything from text typed in Microsoft Word to photocopies.

Throughout the workshop, you will learn to use our darkroom to expose a design onto a screen. Everyone will be able to mix their own ink color, and then, most importantly, print, print, print! After printing and cleaning up supplies, students will be able to score their cards if needed. Students will walk away with a set of 20 handmade greeting cards for friends, family and coworkers.

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

Bookbinding Workshop: Quarter Leather Longstitch

The Quarter Leather Longstitch is a classy, elegant, and durable style of bookbinding. This binding style features a leather spine with a combination of long straight stitches and braided link stitches. In this workshop, you will make from scratch a hearty 6” x 9” book with hard covers and a 1” spine.

Students will learn about the properties of paper (like paper weight and paper grain), how to handle a variety of bookbinding tools (like bone folders, book board, glue, methylcellulose), and common book arts terminology. Our one-day bookbinding workshops are a great way for students with bookbinding experience to refresh or hone skills but also offer beginning students a taste of the art form.

Each student is asked to bring one large sheet of lightweight decorative paper to allow everyone to customize their book.