Relief Printing Anywhere

Beth Sheehan in front of letterpress archives
Beth Sheehan in front of letterpress archives

Event Info

This two-week virtual workshop takes place on Zoom on Wednesday, October 11 and October 18, 2023 from 6–8pm.

  • Wednesday, October 11, 6–8pm
  • Wednesday, October 18, 6-8pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on Wednesday, October 4th, 2023 at 11:59pm.

About the Workshop:

This virtual class at Center for Book Arts is taught by instructor Beth Sheehan.

Relief Printing Anywhere is a two-session virtual workshop. The first class focuses on discussing and experimenting with materials to create the relief blocks from, image transferring techniques, tools for carving, proper carving techniques, and sharpening your carving tools. The second class focuses on proper printing techniques, registering multiple blocks, and reduction woodcuts.

Students learn the basics of relief printing at home. We discuss ways to create relief blocks from materials around your house as well as more professional materials like wood and linoleum. We also cover a few tricks for printing including registering multiple colors and spoon-printing.

Required Materials:

  • Linoleum
  • Linocut tool
  • Brayer
  • Wooden spoon
  • Relief printing ink
  • Towels and materials for cleaning up
  • Paper for printing
Optional Materials:
  • Sharpening kit
  • Scrap cardboard
  • Flexible putty knife
  • Transfer paper
  • Non-slip shelf liner material
  • Sharpie
  • Apron
  • Newsprint
  • Gloves

More detailed materials lists will be included in the confirmation email provided upon registration.

About Beth Sheehan

Beth Sheehan is a printmaker, paper-making, and book artist living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her work investigates ideas of memory and perception to explore her own lack of episodic memory. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Center for Book Arts, and the San Francisco Public Library. Sheehan has worked as a professional printer at Durham Press in Pennsylvania and at Harlan and Weaver in New York. She was also the Lead Binder and Bindery Manager at Small Editions in Brooklyn and teaches paper, print, and book workshops around the country.

All images courtesy of the instructor. 

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