Posts Categorized: Afternoon

Printing for Poets: Chapbooks & Movable Type (October 2017)

Explore the wide world of independent publishing through this hands-on workshop that brings together writing, letterpress printing, and bookbinding.

Working with the unique aesthetics of letterpress printing, as well as the constraints of this art form, students will be exposed to new ways to think about writing. As both a writing workshop as well as small press incubator, this session is especially useful for writers and poets who want to enhance their hand skills or are considering various approaches to distributing their writing.

Taking advantage of the tools and resources available at Spudnik Press, students will learn about metal type, typesetting, composition, paper handling, and simple binding structures. By the end of the day, students will have created from start-to-finish a collaborative chapbook and will have a solid understanding of the tasks involved in printing. Visual arts experience is not required.

Screenprinting Refresher (Oct 2017)

Open to anyone with prior printing experience, this refresher workshop will assume that students understand screenprinting and have previous experience, but are feeling out-of-practice or fuzzy regarding the finer points of the process. Students should have already completed a one-day workshop or full class, although it need not have been at Spudnik, or in the recent past. We also welcome printers that would like support working through a particularly complex project or reoccurring printing issue.

Spudnik Press staff will review an assortment of skills such as: selecting the best mesh count, applying the perfect coat of photo emulsion, troubleshooting and diagnosing exposure and printing issues, ink mixing, registration, and screen reclamation. Equally as importantly, we will address how to consider these technical factors and limitations when designing a project for printing.

During the workshops, each student will expose a screen, and work with peers to print a two-color image designed to hone nuanced printing skills. Students are welcome to bring specific questions about their next project for an on-the-spot consultation.

To help build printing confidence at Open Studio sessions, students are invited to return within the week (free of charge!) to put their freshly acquired knowledge to use. Through this workshop, students will not only brush up on old skills and become authorized to print at Spudnik, but are sure to walk away with new morsels of useful information regarding the art of screenprinting.

DIY Greeting Cards: Calligraphy (Nov 2017)

After taking a calligraphy workshop, you’ll never look at a letter the same again! Designer and calligrapher, Grace Calderone is stopping by Spudnik Press to help first-time calligraphers make their own set of cards for the holidays.

The workshop will take a close look of the composition of letters, and how letters connect to other letters to form words and phrases. Students will get used to assembling the nib and holder, controlling the pen’s reservoir of ink, and varying line width with pressure. After practicing the basics, students will experiment with their own phrase, playing with how composition and ornamental flourishes can spice up the design, create playfulness, or emphasize the spirit of the card.

Everyone should come to class with a set of blank cards ready and a holiday sentiment like “Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas”, “Wishing You Love & Light on Hanakkah”. While students can expect to complete about 5 successful cards, they should bring along a pack of 10-15 to allow for mishaps and experimentation. Students with extra time can move on to customize envelopes with flourishes or a return address.

Everyone will go home with their own cards and a printed guide to help them keep practicing on their own.

Letterpress Refresher (Nov 2017)

With a focus on printing, this refresher workshop will review setting up the presses, ink mixing and application, adjusting pressure, proper packing, registration and all-around best practices. Students will improve their mechanical understanding of the press and how wear and tear can be reduced through actively listening to the press, using a keen eye to spot and identify issues, and taking notice when the press doesn’t quite feel right.

We welcome printers that are 1) feeling out-of-practice, 2) are new to Spudnik’s letterpress facilities, or 3) would like support working through a particularly complex project or reoccurring printing issue. Through this workshop, students will not only brush up on old skills and have the opportunity to become authorized to print at Spudnik, but are sure to walk away with new morsels of useful information regarding the art of letterpress printing.

Plus, to help ease each participant back into printmaking, students are invited to return within the week (free of charge!) to put their refreshed knowledge to use.

T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (Nov 2017)

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 should bring five items of their choosing to print. As long as they are fabric and flat, we can help you print on it! Shirts, tote bags, tea towels, bandanas, and thrift store jean jackets will all work great. Leave with a sample for an Etsy store, a surprise gift for a friend, or an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags!

DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing (Dec 2017)

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 each set their own short saying or phrase using metal and wood type. They’ll 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 craft. Students are encouraged to bring 20 blank notecards of any size and color. Each student will lock up their type and get to operate a printing press to produce their own design. Plus, students can trade with peers to take home a variety pack of cards.

DIY Bookbinding: Hardbacked Journal (Dec 2017)

Case binding is the most common style of hardback book with the covers and the spine both constructed from book board. This resilient binding can hold up to the daily wear and tear that journals and sketchbooks are subject to. Students will create signatures from loose sheets of paper, sew the signatures together to create a text block, attach end papers, and line the spine with glue and paper to reinforce the space.

To design and construct the case, students will learn how to properly measure their text block to find the proper measurements for the spine, covers, and hinges. Using these measurements, they will cut and glue together book boards, book cloth, and decorative paper.

Finally the two parts (cover and text block) come together as a functional book that can open and close! Students will gain experience using bone folders, PVA and methylcellulose and glue brushes. Students will also become more familiar with how paper grain and paper weight affect the construction of a book.

First-time bookbinders are welcome to join, but should be ready to pay attention to subtle details and precise measurements. This binding style requires accuracy and a gentle touch when gluing for the book to open and close properly. Spudnik Press Cooperative will supply black book cloth for the spine. Students are encouraged to bring their own lightweight paper for the front and back covers of the book, and are welcome to bring their own book cloth in any color they like.

Screenprinting On Canvas: Make Your Own Wall Art (Dec 2017)

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 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 Letterpress Coasters (Dec 2017)

DIY Letterpress Coasters is an opportunity for people new to letterpress printing to experiment with the art form and experience the satisfaction of pressing ink to paper. 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 featuring the debossed “punch” that makes letterpress printing so popular.

Students can make coasters from variety of “type high” blocks: wood type to produce abstract shapes and textures, antique borders to create decorative patterns, and various contemporary designs by local artists cast as magnesium plates. 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.