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Block Printing

  • All Hands Workshops 514a Front Street Santa Cruz, CA, 95060 United States (map)
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Learn the essentials of block printing and create a unique handmade set of art prints of your home! This is an all levels class.

In this workshop, we will:

  • learn how to transfer a drawing onto a softkut rubber block

  • safely carve out the negative space (what will stay white) of a drawing

  • learn how to mix and roll ink onto your printing block

  • pull 8x10" prints from your relief blocks

  • take home up to 7 sheets of 8x10" paper

The following supplies are included:

  • Speedball linoleum cutting tools

  • Speedball rolling brayers

  • water soluble printmaking ink in multiple colors

  • 4x6" Softkut rubber carving block

  • 7 sheets of Strathmore printmaking paper in lightweight and heavyweight thickness (*feel free to bring your own color/type of paper if you want to make more)

You can bring:

  • your own drawing or design in two colors (black/white). You're welcome to bring any design, but I will have examples of homes/houses/nests for you to draw inspiration from. As we are limited on time, try to choose a design that is not too complex.

  • an apron or clothes you don't mind getting water-soluble ink on

  • short sleeves or sleeves that you can roll up

  • creative confidence!

You will go home with:

  • a 4x6" Softkut rubber carving block carved with your own design

  • 7 custom 8x10" art prints made by you!


All attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a Speedball Printmaking Starter Kit! In this express workshop, we will be using soft rubber carving blocks called 'Softkut' which are gentle on the hands and wrists.

Please email Joan with questions or if you want her to help take an image of your house/home so that it is in two colors. She will email you a week prior to the workshop with more information about the class.

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Joan Bogart

Joan Pranata Bogart is an illustrator and block printmaker who draws inspiration from nature - 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.


IG: @art_by_joanpbogart


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