Letterpress 3: Two-Color Prints (July)

with Bethany Rahn
Saturday, July 20; 10am–4pm CT

Letterpress 3: Two-Color Prints focuses on printing multiple layers and building printers’ confidence using Vandercook presses through practice. Printing more than one layer involves printing the same piece of paper multiple times with unique forms (raised type or image) and ink colors for each layer. Careful registration to make each layer align as designed requires planning and troubleshooting. In this in-person workshop, learn how to choose colors and mix ink as well as techniques for adjusting color on the press to create unique effects. Participants will also be introduced to MCBA’s larger Vandercooks, the 219 and Uni 3, which have the capacity to print larger forms and can be more comfortable for taller printers. Procedures for maintaining a community print studio will be reviewed in addition to basic press operation, care, and safety. 

To register for this workshop, participants must have taken Letterpress 2: Setting Type and Letterpress 1: Printing Basics (or any other introductory letterpress workshop).

After participating in this workshop, return to MCBA for Letterpress Labs to continue building skills and confidence while working on your own projects! Participation in Letterpress 4: Editioning is required in order to rent equipment to work independently in MCBA’s print studio. 

Experience required
Certificate: 6 hours, Category B

$147/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $15 materials fee
$74 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $15 materials fee
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the Adult rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.

Please note: Registration closes 7/15 at midnight (CT).