Approaching Perfect Impression On Any Letterpress





Instructor: Peter Fraterdeus
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $15.00
Length of workshop: 2 days



Workshop description: 

This course will be enlightening for anyone who is interested in or currently printing with a letterpress. Small table-top C&P and Kelsey presses are popular with many printers and hobbyists. However, many printers find a lot of frustration trying to get good consistent printing from the press. Examining the small table-top presses available at the conference venue, we will learn to evaluate the condition of the press, the rollers, and the impression which the press is capable. We will adapt our process and technique to the presses at hand, and using a variety of techniques seek to produce exquisite impressions of tiny pages. We’ll mix inks and check and adjust the roller height, and discover what exactly to look for with the 8x magnifying loupe— “the most important tool in the printshop.” The end result will be a small print edition, but more importantly, understanding the evaluation and problem-solving checklists for any sort of relief printing process. If you have your own 5” x 8” Kelsey Letterpress you are welcome to bring it to class BUT it should be in good working order with rollers in excellent condition. This is not a repair class but rather a “tune-up” class for working presses.


Date: Wednesday and Thursday, June 21 and 22, 2017

Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
printable photoengravings (cuts)
materials used in the process of makeready

Approaching Perfect Impression On Any Letterpress Materials $15.00
Location Focus on Book Arts
1928 21st Avenue
Forest Grove OR 97116