Letterpress: Reduction Block Printing

with Mary Bruno
Saturday, October 14; 10am–4pm CT

Reduction block printing is an image-making process where multiple colors are letterpress printed from one linoleum block to create a single image with vibrant color and depth.

Experience reduction block printing on the Vandercook with Mary Bruno of Bruno Press (St. Joseph, Minnesota)! Mary will share examples of her work, which demonstrate a wide range of possibilities in reduction block printing. Learn how to simplify an image for greatest success and how to transfer it onto a linoleum block. Carve your block and create a plan for each color or layer of printing in a minimum of three stages. Instruction will also cover strategies for planning the size of your reduction block in relation to the size of your paper, registration, and other tips and tricks for successful reduction block printing on a flatbed cylinder press. Come ready to have fun and make prints!

This workshop introduces participants to the technical skills required for letterpress printing. If you’d like to continue learning how to letterpress print on flatbed Vandercook presses, we’d love to have you back for our core letterpress workshops: Letterpress 1: Printing Basics, Letterpress 2: Setting Type, and Letterpress 3: Two-Color Postcards. After completing that series, you are encouraged to attend Letterpress Labs to print independently in MCBA’s studios.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 6 hours, Category B

$195/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $30 materials fee
$98 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $30 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.

Masks are strongly recommended for program participants working close to others in MCBA’s studios. See our Covid Safety Guidelines for more information.

This workshop is full. Add your name to the wait list and you’ll be contacted if space becomes available or another section of the workshop is scheduled.