Learn how to block print your own set of love themed art and cards. Transform your own design into an original art print and make more for cards to share with your loved one, crush, best friend or children! This is guaranteed to be a time and space for self care and creative therapy.
In this workshop, we will:
- learn how to transfer a drawing onto a softkut rubber block
- safely carve out the negative space of a drawing
- learn how to mix and roll ink onto your printing block
- pull a 8x10" print from your relief blocks
- pull a handful of 5x7" flat print cards from your relief block
The following supplies are included:
- Speedball linoleum cutting tools
- Speedball rolling brayers
- water soluble printmaking ink in multiple colors
- Softkut rubber carving block, 4x6"
- 2 sheets of Strathmore printmaking paper (*feel free to bring your own color/type of paper if you want to make more)
- set of 5 A7 flat cards and envelopes
- curated collection of botanical image references to assist with designing your print
You can bring:
- your own drawing or design (Having this already prepared will save time in the workshop so you can go straight to transferring your drawing onto the carving block. However, there will be a lot of examples and images to get inspired by for making your design in class.)
- an apron or clothes you don't mind getting water-soluble ink on
- short sleeves or sleeves that you can roll up
You will go home with:
- Softkut 4x6" rubber carving block carved with your own design
- 2 custom printed 8x10" art made by you
- set of 5 cards with your design!
- mind&soul therapy!
All attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a Speedball Printmaking Starter Kit!
In this express 3 hour workshop we will be using soft rubber carving blocks. I will offer longer, in-depth linocut block printing workshops in the future. If interested, please let us know!
Joan Pranata Bogart is an illustrator and block printmaker who draws inspiration from nature, especially botanicals and wildlife. She has drawn for almost all of La Tourangelle's gourmet oil labels. It was after working at a tech company for 11 years that she switched gears to practice more art. She grew increasingly addicted to relief printmaking, mostly carving from linoleum and soft rubber surfaces as printing blocks, and finding a peaceful place for creativity and focus to intersect. Her recent prints resemble Indonesian Batik in design and form. She is thrilled to be a part of the Santa Cruz art community with access to nature and creativity. Joan has a BA in Art Practice from University of California, Berkeley and practices printmaking in her backyard art studio in Santa Cruz where she lives with her husband and three young kids.