Letterpress

Intro to Letterpress Printing

Come learn the unique and exciting art form of letterpress printing! Use moveable type, carvings, and etchings to create impressions using one of our 7 different presses.

Prior to Week One:
Email goes out asking what project folks hope to accomplish during this class, and asking them to brainstorm a few options to choose from. Full copy of the syllabus. Expect to produce at least one edition (size of edition will vary) of 2+ color print using type and/or images.

Some examples include:

  • Cover of a chapbook and bindery techniques
  • One awesome quote (there will not be time or skill enough to typeset your entire book)
  • One short poem
  • Birthday or Thank You cards
  • Post cards (2 sided)

 

These are just a few examples. Our goal is to help you execute your vision within the time and skill constraints of the four week class.

Objective:
To learn the basics of letterpress printing, such as; overall design, image production, press operation, color separation, typesetting, paper and ink use.

 
  • Get to know your shop. Safety!
  • Identify presses.
  • What is type? What kinds of type can I use? Why?
  • How do you make images?
  • Responses to the question, “What project do I hope to accomplish?”
  • Examine ideas and determine one viable project to complete.
  • Start sketching ideas and heading toward our projects.
  • Pick up where we left off.
  • Sketches should be complete and projects should be well underway by the end of this class.
  • Discuss color separations/backgrounds. Select appropriate blocks/type.
  • Discuss paper and ink color choices. Make choices.
  • Demo of typesetting.
  • Start typesetting projects.
  • Discuss any problems that have arisen and solve.
  • Finish any typesetting. Lock up chases to prepare to print.
  • Demo of printing.
  • Cut paper and begin to print.
  • Finish printing.
  • Demo of trimming/finishing.
  • Mark project for trimming (I will trim them for you when they are dry).
  • Put away type.

Details:

  • 4-week course begins first week of each scheduled month
  • Wednesday evenings from 6-9 pm
  • Materials included
  • Access to multiple presses
  • Includes 3-month membership

Price:

$175
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Membership Included

Ready to start learning?