Printing without a Press: Trace Monotypes

Event Info

This virtual workshop takes place via Zoom on Monday, March 14 from 6–8pm ET:

  • Mon, Mar 14, 6–8pm ET

About the Workshop:

This workshop for all experience levels led by Instructor Beth Sheehan guides participants through the possibilities of printing at home without a press—with beautiful and ethereal results! Students will learn about the variety of mark-making, layering, and textures possible as well as learning about some common problems and their solutions.

Sheehan will cover topics including ink types, modifications, and amounts; tricks for layout and registration; paper types; tools needed to obtain desired effects; printing techniques; how to create variation; experimentation; and cleaning up in a home studio.

Required Materials:

  • Plexiglass—ideally larger than print size (glass or similar would also work)
  • Paper—smooth and text-weight are best but most papers work well
  • Block-printing ink/letterpress ink
  • Brayer
  • Ink knife
  • Tracing paper
  • Tape—preferably blue artist’s tape/painter’s tape
  • Ink cleaner—some inks clean up with regular soap and water, most oil-based and rubber-based inks clean up with oils (baby oil, crisco, vegetable oil, etc.)
  • Paper towels and gloves for cleanup

Optional Materials:

  • Images or drawings to trace
  • Textures and stamps

About the Instructor

Elizabeth (Beth) Sheehan is a printmaker, papermaking, 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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