Make Your Mark: Printing Without a Press

Event Info

This one-day, online workshop takes place on Zoom on Wednesday, July 19, from 1:00-3:30pm Eastern time.

  • Wednesday, July 19, 1:00pm–3:30pm ET.

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on July 12 at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

This course is taught by CBA Instructor Maria G. Pisano.

How does one print without a press and still create images for one’s own artistic practices? Make Your Mark will explore various image making possibilities via the use of hand cut stencils, natural elements, found objects and designing and creating one’s own stamps. Subsequently, using a variety of methods, hand printing them and creating your very own Flexagon book; a wonderful structure that spring to life when opened. The numerous image-making possibilities inherent in these methods can all be created in your home studio or apartment, be it used for a unique book, or for an editioned work. Class discussion will center on the versatility and multi-use of these unique methods and designs. This workshop is designed for teachers, writers, artists and anyone who loves to create a richer and expansive vocabulary for their work.

By the end of this course, students will have their own decorated Flexagon book!

Required Materials:

  • Text weight paper in 2 colors.
  • Colored cover weight paper.
  • Ribbon
  • Small scissors
  • X-acto or snap-blade knife
  • Double-sided tape or glue stick
  • Bone folder
  • Self-healing mat
  • 1 file folder
  • Stamp pads
  • Assorted color art sticks and/or colored pencils
  • Staedtler Mars white plastic erasers for stamps
  • Found textures around your home/studio –Examples: fruit packaging nets, corks, fresh and dried leaves, etc. 

More specific materials guidelines, including measurements, will be given in the confirmation email sent upon registration. 

About Maria G. Pisano

Maria G. Pisano (she/her) is a book artist, printmaker, curator, and educator.

Her Memory Press works are represented in the Library of Congress, 9-11 Memorial Museum, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Lafayette College, University of Delaware, Wesleyan University, and many more. Ms. Pisano has exhibited widely—including a solo exhibition titled Reflections: Artist Books and Works on Paper.

Ms. Pisano contributes to book arts publications and has presented lectures at the Library of Congress, College Book Arts Association, and the Art Libraries Society of North America. Her article Mark To Impress was published in the California Society of Printmakers 2018 Journal as well as in 2019 in The Blue Notebook in the UK.

She continuously teaches workshops nationally and internationally at venues including the Bridwell Library in Dallas TX, Hand Bookbinders of California, and Center for Book Arts in NYC.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

In order to best serve our community near and far, many of our online classes are pay-what-you-can. The amount you choose to pay goes directly toward our instructors and toward creating scholarship opportunities for the future. All workshops at CBA are subject to our cancellation policies. Virtual workshops at Center for Book Arts will be recorded and the recording will be provided for all registered participants after the class.

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