Posts Categorized: Relief

Printmaking Foundations

For anyone who wants to be creative through printmaking, our Foundations class introduces first time printers to the wide variety of resources and equipment at Spudnik Press Cooperative. Students will experiment with three unique printmaking processes throughout the six weeks. With each printing process inducing its own aesthetic, this class offers abundant opportunities to elevate sketches and designs through print and to understand the basic concepts that bridge the many types of printmaking at our studio.

Screenprinting is a form of stencil making that is used to print fine art as well as posters, cards, t-shirts, and more. Relief prints are created by carving an image into wood or linoleum, adding ink to the surface, and transferring the inked image onto paper. Etching, also known as Intaglio [in-tal-yoh], is a family of printing techniques in which the image is incised into a metal plate. Artist can scratch into plates with needles, or can draw through a ground and etch drawings into a plate.

Together, these processes range from experimental to exacting, bold to subdued, and unpredictable to calculated and can open new possibilities for artists, writers, and folks who want to learn a new way to make art. Printmaking Foundations can act as either a general introduction to everything Spudnik has to offer, or a refresher course for artists who have previous experience.

Relief Tester & Refresher

Relief printmaking (aka block printing) is a graphic, versatile, and timeless form of printmaking. Starting with a block of wood, linoleum, or rubber, artists use gouges to carve away the negative space. Relief prints can be as simple as geometric stamps used to create repeat patterns or as complex as a complex as one’s ambitions.

This workshop invites people to test out a new craft or to refresh skills from a prior class or printmaking experience. Students will learn how to visualize and create a design that will stylistically work well as a relief print. Students will then move through each step of the relief process from image transfer to how to select the right gouge, hold the gouge, and carving an image in reverse.

Lastly, the ink, brayers, presses, and paper come out! Everyone will produce an edition of their prints. Students with prior intermediate experience are encouraged to use the last hours to address questions related to setting up the press, multiple plate registration, planning more complex plates, even and consistent inking, etc.