Block printing is one of the oldest forms of printmaking. It offers a relatively simple method for creating your own graphics and patterns, and thankfully only requires a handful of tools and supplies to produce your own prints. In this online version of our introduction to block printing class, you will create your own graphic or pattern design, then learn to transfer it to a Speedy Carve block to produce a linocut stamp. Next, you will experiment with using different water soluble inks and your new stamp as you print your image on a variety of surfaces, including nice cardstock, a Moleskine journal, and even a cotton tote bag! Each student will make one medium stamp and several prints in class, but will have the tools to make as many additional stamps and prints as they want!!
How to attend this online class: This class will be taught via Zoom video call. You may download Zoom for your desktop or mobile device here. You will also need an internet connection strong enough to stream audio and video. After you register for this class, we will email you a link with details on how to join. A video copy of the class will be available afterward for you.
Supplies Needed: For this class, you will need one of the WorkshopSF Block Printing Kits. This kit includes one Speedball Starter Block Printing Kit, 3x additional cutters, 2x additional tubes of ink (blue and red), 10x sheets of 8.5×11 245gsm cardstock, practice paper, one Moleskine Cahier Cardboard Journal, and one cotton tote. One of these kits is included in the price of the first ticket option. Once your ticket is purchased, we will email you at least 7 days prior to class time to confirm your shipping address, then ship the kit to you promptly. Shipping normally takes 1-3 business days. IF you already own a WorkshopSF Block Printing Kit, you may select the ONLINE CLASS ONLY ticket option.
ALSO, each student will need paper towels for clean up and a paper plate to mix ink on.
The rules / important stuff: We have a NO EXCEPTIONS 72 HOUR CANCELLATION policy – this includes cancellation, re-books, gift certificates, moving classes, etc. For more information on canceling a class, please read our cancellation policy. All classes are 21+ unless you email for permission. If any questions, please email us at info AT workshopsf DOT org.