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Letterpress Printing 102

at Spudnik Press Cooperative - West Town 1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Become proficient on the Vandercook press while creating a self-directed project. Acquire technical skills with edition printing, troubleshooting techniques, roller height adjustment, and tympan change. Explore the making of books — sequence and narrative, page layout, image and text interplay, typography, and other considerations that go into producing...

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$195

6 sessions

Broadsides! Broadsides!

at Spudnik Press Cooperative - West Town 1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Historically broadsides were used as proclamations, posters, commentaries, and advertisements. Today, artists and writers use them to explore the intersection between the written word and visual art. Learn the exciting history of letterpress printing through the process of printing your own broadside. Using Spudnik’s amazing collection of wood...

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$50

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Introduction to Letterpress Printing

at Spudnik Press Cooperative - West Town 1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

This course is the perfect introduction to letterpress printing. Students will develop foundational skills by using a composing stick to hand set lines of types. From there, projects will introduce more technical considerations as well as creative approaches to printing. Students will learn to learn to lock-up type, set pressure, mix and modify ink...

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$195

6 sessions

Letterpress Valentines

at Spudnik Press Cooperative - West Town 1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

Celebrate Saint Valentine by impressing your friends, family, and coworkers with a clever hand-printed valentine. Making your own greeting card is a perfect foray into letterpress printing! Using our vintage collection of letterpress cuts and ornaments in combination with wood and metal type, participants will design and print their own unique statement...

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$45

Letterpress Pressure Prints

at Spudnik Press Cooperative - West Town 1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

By combining stencils and low-relief collages with letterpress printing, artists can make textural images reminiscent of rubbings and collagraphs. Variation in the thickness of cut paper, string, plants, netting and other relatively two-dimensional items effect the amount of ink transferred by the cylinder of the press to the paper and leave a rich...

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$50

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Photopolymer Gravure

at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative - Lincoln Square 4912 N Western Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60625

Artists in this 2-day workshop will create intaglio prints using photo-polymer plates. This material, also used for letterpress and relief printing, can capture every nuance of a continuous tone photograph, as well as direct drawing on transparent media. Using digital or hand-made positives in combination with an aquatint screen, artists can easily...

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$185

2 sessions

Studio Access Training: Nu-Arc Platemaker

at Spudnik Press Cooperative - West Town 1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302, Chicago, Illinois 60622

This authorization will cover the basics of operating the Nu-Arc Platemaker for a variety of printmaking purposes such letterpress polymer plates, cyanotypes, and photo intaglio plates.  We will review our guidelines for setting the exposure time, initiating a strong vacuum, safely releasing the vacuum, and using krene film to increase the quality...

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$35
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