Relief Printing Anywhere

Desolate (2011) by Beth Sheehan
Desolate (2011) by Beth Sheehan
Beth Sheehan in front of letterpress archives
Beth Sheehan in front of letterpress archives

Event Info

This workshop takes place across two sessions:

  • Wed, Aug 18 6–8pm ET
  • Wed, Aug 25 6–8pm ET

This workshop will be a two-session workshop. The first class will focus on materials to create the relief blocks from, image transferring techniques, tools for carving, proper carving techniques, and sharpening your carving tools. The second class will focus on proper printing techniques, registering multiple blocks, and reduction woodcuts.

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

Required Materials

  • Pencil
  • Marker
  • Carving tools
  • Linoleum
  • Paper, thin is better but any should work
  • 1 brayer
  • Ink, ideally block-printing ink
  • 1 piece of plexiglass or glass to ink on (you could use cardboard and packing tape if necessary)
  • Pencil
  • Wooden spoon or similar
  • Cardboard


  • Tracing paper
  • Transfer paper or charcoal
  • Laser print and acetone
  • Pallet knife
  • Tape

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.

In order to best serve our community near and far, many of our online classes are pay-what-you-can. While each class has a suggested price, we wish to make our educational programming as economically accessible as possible as well as to make sure our students feel fulfilled in their creative processes outside of the studio. The amount you choose to pay goes directly toward our instructors and toward creating scholarship opportunities for the future.

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