Learn the essentials of block printing and carve your own printing block. Create a set of your own holiday cards to take home and make more later on your own!
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
- press your inked relief block and make prints onto cards
- create our own holiday greeting cards!
The following supplies are included:
- Speedball Linoleum Cutting tools
- Speedball Rolling brayers
- water soluble printmaking ink
- Softkut rubber carving block
- Strathmore printmaking cards and envelopes
- curated collection of art 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 ink on
- short sleeves or sleeves that you can roll up
- a friend or two!
You will go home with:
- Softkut rubber carving block carved with your own design
- 10 Strathmore printmaking cards and envelopes custom printed by you
Other workshops will be offered in the future to learn linocut carving and block printing. This class is an express 3 hour class using a soft rubber carving surface. Students will have the option to buy a starter kit of carving/printmaking tools during the workshop, if interested.
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.