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Committees are voluntary groups, formed by members in order to achieve certain goals.
To join this committee, contact the committee chairperson. See Rules and Policies#Committees for more information.

Goals

The goal of the Printmaking committee is to learn, teach, and create with various printing methods. This committee is very focused on teaching and hosting classes that are beginner friendly. The classes are categorized as to their relative depth into the printmaking world, it is intended to have any class be someone's first printmaking class.

Events:

Print-a-Thon

This event is a shared workshop time for anyone to bring in their current printing project (screen, block, letterpress, etc.) projects to share ideas, tips, techniques, or to get troubleshooting help on their projects. Supplies for basic small-scale printing projects are typically available for purchase (ink, paper, carving blocks, etc) from Paul or Astrud, who typically host the event. Astrud typically brings her small etching press for anyone who has a block to print or has taken the Laser Etched Woodcarving class and would like to print their plates. Please e-mail to sign up in advance for a one-hour time slot on the etching press with either Astrud ([email protected]) or Paul ([email protected]). This event is held [something]

Previous Print-a-thon’s

[links to talk posts for print-a-thons, sorted by date, most recent first]

Steamroller Printing Event – GO BIG OR GO HOME

The Printmaking SIG is planning a steam roller print event for October 2018! Please see our Steam Roller Event Page for specific details. We will be printing using a maximum of 24” x 36” x .75” MDF blocks as a relief carving. Smaller blocks can be used, but we will have a fixed paper size for these prints. Multiple smaller blocks can be printed in one pass on the same piece of paper. If multiple smaller blocks are used, it is up to the artist to be able to provide any spacers between blocks so that a rectangular shape not to exceed the specified dimensions. More info soon!

Print Exchange

To be announced!

Classes:

The printmaking classes are all designed to be as approachable to new printmakers as possible, where the goal is to not require prerequisites for any of the classes. However, each of the classes is categorized as beginner, intermediate, and advanced. You are more than welcome to jump in to an advanced class as your first class but please be aware that the more advanced classes may gloss over some more basic printing principals.

Beginner Classes

Screen Printing Basics: Printing on Paper

This class will review the tools and supplies needed for screen printing at the Makerspace or at home. We will concentrate on techniques oriented towards poster and fine art printing, but the lessons learned are also useful for printing on t-shirts or other fabric. Topics covered:

  • Screen mesh, mesh count, the effects of mesh count, and how to choose a screen based on your project
  • Theory behind getting art onto a screen, and how to prep art for a screen
  • Understand the application of stencils, drawing fluid, and screen filler to achieve the results you want.
  • Learn to clean up and reclaim screens both with the tools at the Makerspace and at home.

Activities:

  • Hands on demonstration to include pulling a multicolor print, using water-based inks on paper.
  • You will be able to take home your own hand printed poster!

Class Materials:

Please see the committee driver for PDF and Power Point for this class

Screen Printing Basics: Printing on Cloth

This class will review the tools and supplies needed for screen printing at the Makerspace or at home. We will concentrate on techniques oriented towards poster and fine art printing, but the lessons learned are also useful for printing on t-shirts or other fabric. Topics covered:

  • Screen mesh, mesh count, the effects of mesh count, and how to choose a screen based on your project
  • Theory behind getting art onto a screen, and how to prep art for a screen
  • Understand the application of stencils, drawing fluid, and screen filler to achieve the results you want.
  • Learn to clean up and reclaim screens both with the tools at the Makerspace and at home.

Activities:

  • Hands on demonstration to include pulling a multicolor print, using water-based inks on paper.
  • You will be able to take home your own hand printed poster!

Block Printing Basics: Relief Printing

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  • Different substrates for carving and printing images such as linoleum, wood block, plastic erasers, styro-foam and cardboard.
  • various cutting tools available for carving at home or at the Makerspace.
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Letterpress Basics

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  • Different substrates for carving and printing images such as linoleum, wood block, plastic erasers, styro-foam and cardboard.
  • various cutting tools available for carving at home or at the Makerspace.
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Intermediate Classes

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Making Screens from scratch

This class will teach you how to cut and assemble a frame as well as stretch and attach a screen to make your own screen for printing. We will be using the woodshop to demonstrate how to make the frame, however, woodshop basics class is still required before using the equipment. Topics Covered:

  • Screen mesh, mesh count, the effects of mesh count, and how to choose a screen based on your project.
  • Mesh colors, sizes, and types.
  • Types of screen frames, and methods for attaching the screen to different frame types.
  • Methods of building screens

Activities

  • Demonstration of how to use the wood shop tools to cut rails for building a screen frame. Note: Woodshop basics is required before using the woodshop equipment, this will only be a demonstration and will not be hands-on.
  • Using tools and learning methods for to construct a frame from the rails
  • Stretching and attaching a screen to the frame
  • You will have your very own screen to take home with you!
  • You will also receive your own Speedball Red Baron squeegee for printing with your new screen!

Screen Printing in 3D – Anaglyphs

This class will teach the basics of anaglyphs, commonly known as the 3D images that you wear the red/blue glasses for, and how to screen print them. This will cover methods for creating and playing with the 3D effect, as well as some of the other common anaglyph color combinations and their benefits. Printing will be done for use with blue and red glasses, and you will be given a pair to take home. Topics Covered:

  • How we perceive 3D objects, and how the glasses let us see flat images in 3D
  • 3D depth planes, and how to change the perceived depth of an image
  • How to photograph objects to convert them into true 3D images, i.e. not single plane 3D

Activities

  • Pull a multi-color single-plane 3D anaglyph
  • Pull a multi-color true 3D anaglyph
  • You’ll get to take home your own posters and a pair of 3D anaglyph glasses!

Advanced Classes

Screen Mono-printing

In this class we’ll print an image that can only be printed once, unlike most printmaking where there are multiple originals. You will need a **CLEAN** screen, or a brand-new screen from the “screens from scratch” class. Topics Covered:

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Gelli plate Mono-printing

In this class we’ll print an image that can only be printed once, unlike most printmaking where there are multiple origionals. You will need a **CLEAN** screen, or a brand-new screen from the “screens from scratch” class. Topics Covered:

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Plexiglass Mono-printing

In this class we’ll print an image that can only be printed once, unlike most printmaking where there are multiple origionals. You will need a **CLEAN** screen, or a brand-new screen from the “screens from scratch” class. Topics Covered:

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Complex Cloth – Screen Printing

This is a two-part class to create your own custom piece of printed fabrics with pop culture inspired designs. your fabric will be created using multiple fabric printing techniques including discharge, clear, and dye attractant inks via screen printing, as well as over dyeing and tie-dyeing techniques, relief/block printing, and fabric painting. The first session will cover dye-attractant, clear ink, and dyes. The second session will use discharge ink and traditional ink to finish up the piece. This class is fairly advanced and covers more advanced topics. This is class is fairly light on lecture and much more focused on the process of printing. There are a lot of choices to make and the class goes by faster than you may think. While this is beginner friendly, it is suggested to have first had at least a screen printing basics class to get the most out of this class. Topics Covered:

  • Methods for mounting cloth for printing.
  • Clear (plastisol) ink printing and setting.
  • Die attractant inks.
  • Discharge inks and bleach, and their effects on fabric.
  • Dying and tie-dying techniques.
  • Methods for printing on cloth.

Activities

  • Pull prints using multiple types of ink (dye attractant, clear plastisol, discharge, traditional)
  • Design and print a unique piece using a wide range of theme-based screens, which is yours to take home!

Multi-color Printing – 4 images from one screen

This class will teach you how to print a four-color image using four different images on the same screen. This will help you get the most out of your screens for small to medium sized pieces by doing it all with one screen. This gives you less screens to burn, less screens to clean, and helps maximize your workspace. While still beginner friendly, this is a very labor-intensive class that is more focused on the mechanics of pulling prints than lecture. When finished with this class, you’ll know exactly why Andy Warhol called his studio the factory. Topics Covered:

  • Basic color theory for selecting complimentary colors for the print.
  • Effects of layering ink.
  • Techniques for registering both the paper and screen for repeatable prints
  • Methods to ensure that you get the best pulls on your work pieces
  • Ensuring that a print is dry for printing another color

Activities

  • Pulling multi-layered screen prints
  • Work as a print team while switching positions to maximize both the number of prints while maintaining consistency
  • Basic grading of print quality and consistency
  • You get to take home a number of four color prints!

Super-Secret Class

We have a super-secret class that is in progress and will be sure to post updates on talk!

Overview of Printmaking

Printmaking (this version)
Printmaking is the process of making artworks by printing, normally on paper. Printmaking normally covers only the process of creating prints that have an element of originality, rather than just being a photographic reproduction of a painting. Except in the case of monotyping, the process is capable of producing multiples of the same piece, which is called a print. Each print produced is not considered a "copy" but rather is considered an "original". This is because typically each print varies to an extent due to variables intrinsic to the printmaking process, and also because the imagery of a print is typically not simply a reproduction of another work but rather is often a unique image designed from the start to be expressed in a particular printmaking technique. A print may be known as an impression. Printmaking (other than monotyping) is not chosen only for its ability to produce multiple impressions, but rather for the unique qualities that each of the printmaking processes lends itself to. Prints are created by transferring ink from a matrix or through a prepared screen to a sheet of paper or other material. Common types of matrices include: metal plates, usually copper or zinc, or polymer plates for engraving or etching; stone, aluminum, or polymer for lithography; blocks of wood for woodcutsand wood engravings; and linoleum for linocuts. Screens made of silk or synthetic fabrics are used for the screenprinting process. Other types of matrix substrates and related processes are discussed below. Multiple impressions printed from the same matrix form an edition. Since the late 19th century, artists have generally signed individual impressions from an edition and often number the impressions to form a limited edition; the matrix is then destroyed so that no more prints can be produced. Prints may also be printed in book form, such as illustrated books or artist's books.


Techniques, Tools, and Materials

Print Media

Printmaking can be done on a multitude of media, almost anything that can take ink. Most commonly printing is done on paper, although cloth, wood, and leather are some other possible materials to print on. If ink will stick, it can be used as print meida.

Inks

Ink is a pigment or dye that is suspended in a liquid that when dried leaves behind the pigment on the media. Paint is very similar where tends to be made with different physical properties, such as viscosity or pigment to liquid ratio, there isn’t a strong defining characteristic that separates the two. Dye on the other hand, typically is mixed in a solution with a liquid and bonds differently to the media. Where ink leaves a colored film on the media, the dye becomes part of the media and alters the color of the media. That explanation is overly simplistic but helps illustrate the general difference between them. Typically, in printmaking ink is used. However, there are specific materials which are designed to make, for example, acrylic paint able to be used in silk screening (GAC 9000). Pretty much any fluid that has the properties for a particular process can be used, including dyes.

Types of Ink

There are a few different types of fluids that are typically used in printing. The most common are water-based inks, oil-based inks, and plastic-based inks (plastisol). Water-based inks can be either permanent or washable, with the others typically being permanent. There are some other inks that don’t fall neatly into those categories as well, such as water-washable oil-based inks, discharge ink (similar to bleach), and dye-attractant inks (like the opposite of bleach).

Types of Printing

The two most common types of printmaking are screen printing and block printing. Screen printing uses a screen stretched over a frame where ink is applied and a squeegee is used to force the ink through onto the substrate. Most often times a design is left open on a screen by blocking the rest of the screen by using an emulsion chemical which hardens on the portions of the screen that are not meant to be printed. Block printing involves getting ink on a block or plate and transferring that ink to the media by touching them together, typically under pressure. Block printing has a lot of variants described below.

  • Screen
  • Relief
  • Block
  • Leno
  • Letterpress
  • Lithographic
  • Intaglio
  • Chincole’

Recommended Supplies and Suppliers:

(Coupons – Michaels, Joannes, Hobby Lobby. Amazon)

Print Media:

Paper:

Ink:

Paint:

Printing Supplies:

Screen Printing:
Screens:
Squeegees:
Emulsion:
Relief:
Blocks (wood):
Blocks (leno):
Stamps (rubber):
Brayers:
Barons:

Equipment:

Screen Printing Press (4):

Flash Dryer:

Letter Press:

Roller Press:

Laser Etcher:

Multicam CNC Router:

Committee:

Members:

Astrud Aguirre - @Print_Witch

Paul Wilson - @hardsuit

Ingrid Thebault - @FrenchFrog

Matthew Mulherin - @HoarseHorace

Mary Mulherin - @Belles

Rose Smith - @JustMe

John K - @JohnK

Josh - @grobber15

Katelyn Smith - @Katelyn_Smith

Stephenie Webb - @heyheymama

Rani Baransi - @Trivial

John Gorman - @talkers

Daniel Hawn - @tombakerftw

Shannon Bales - @igot2bmenmw

How to Join:

Meeting Minutes:

Printmaking Committee Meeting 20180609

Printmaking Committee Meeting 20180721

Printmaking Committee Meeting 20180922

Printmaking Committee Meeting 20181005

Discussion:

Subcategories

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