Check out our Calendar for Weekly Workshops and Special Events.
On July 13-14 we will have a Special Marbling Workshop with Steve Pittelkow and in October we will have a Colloid Printing Event.
Plan your own event… call us for details. Choose from the following:
Letterpress printing, most simply described, is: Pressing paper onto wood and metal letters and hand-carved images, with ink in between. It is a process that revolutionized printing and made possible mass communication in the Western Hemisphere beginning in the middle 1400's. This process dominated as the most efficient form of commercial printing until the mid-twentieth century when it was replaced by offset printing. Today, in this digital era, many consider the results of letterpress printing unrivaled for its subtleties of texture and color.
Letterpress 101 Workshop: Immerse yourself in the black art that is letterpress printing. Learn to handset type from California Job cases. Angelica Ink has many fonts to choose from and you will be able to print on one of our platen presses.
Jump into the fun and fabulous world of letterpress with an afternoon introduction to the processes while playing around with the design possibilities that unconventional materials like Legos bring to the table. This class will provide an introduction to creating color prints using flat tile blocks to create pixel oriented images. The instructor will provide bases and tiles for use in class to create relief 'plates' that will be printed on a press. Don't miss out on this easily accessible media that appeals to everyone's inner child.
Making paper by hand can be a pretty simple process once you learn the basic techniques. It’s also a fantastic way to use up your old receipts, scrap papers, junk mail and copy paper that you were about to throw in the recycling bin. Learn how to form sheets from a slurry of pulp that you prepare. Handmade paper can be expensive at the art store. Learn the skills to make your own paper to suit your specific medium while recycling at the same time. Perfect for all ages from homeschool students through adults. Below is a fun video about papermaking that won an environmental award at the Rochester Fast Forward Film Festival.
Intro to Bookbinding
Explore the makings of a hand bound book start to finish. In this introductory course, you will learn several simple hand-sewn book structures perfect for making pocket notebooks, address books, journals, sketchbooks, and more. You'll leave with the skills and tools to make your own custom books at home.
Advance your bookbinding skills after taking Intro to Bookbinding. Learn more intricate coptic stitch bindings, options for casing your book in a hard cover, or using unique materials to create one-of-a-kind embellishments. Prerequisite of Intro to Bookbinding suggested unless you have previous experience.
Recycled Paper Journal
Students will learn how to give new life to their waste paper. Recycled paper bin items (old letters, junk mail, science tests, music note paper, old books) will be recycled into handmade paper and then sewn into a journal. This three-week course will take trash and turn it into a treasure with assistance along the way. It is not recycling unless you re-use it – this class encourages recycling into a useful product friends and family will love.
Learn how to make mini journals for yourself or to give as gifts. In this easy introductory course, you will learn how to make journals from start to finish with assistance along the way. You'll leave with a journal or two that will be admired by all and the confidence to make more in the future. Perfect for adults, home school students as well as a great parent/child activity.
365 Day Journal / Artist Book
Make a 365 Day Journal for yourself or to give as an amazing gift. In this introductory course, you will learn how to make a journal from start to finish with assistance along the way. Using heavy shoe leather, you will learn to plan your style, choose your paper, sew in signatures and closures that will be impressive to carry as well as on a shelf. Finish with the skills and confidence to make more in the future.
Linoleum Block Printing
Learn the basics of linoleum block printing to create cards, fine art prints, or to add your own imagery to your letterpress work. Students will learn techniques for carving blocks, how to create and transfer imagery, printing, and how to sign and edition prints.
Students can experiment with printing on different types of paper, explore printing with multiple color plates, and experience printing on a press. No prior printing experience required. Students will leave with multiple prints and enough skills to continue printing at home.
Chine collé is a collage technique used by printmakers. Very thin Asian papers or tissue papers are often used to create color fields and textural effects within a print in such a way that the glued paper is seamlessly integrated with the inked image impression from the plate. It doesn't matter whether it is an etching, woodcut/linocut, lithograph or monotype plate, chine collé techniques can be used for each printmaking process.
One print is pulled at a time and no two prints are exactly alike with this painterly printmaking method. It starts with ink on a nonporous surface and transferring it onto paper using a variety of techniques. Techniques include transfer, reductive and additive. Encouraged spontaneity and experimentation, plus best practices in printmaking will also be covered. Monoprinting is a course that studies the fundamentals of ways of seeing line and shape. Techniques include transfer, reductive and additive. Principles of visual perception will also be explored.
Paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to marble or other stone. The patterns are the result of color floated on either plain water or a viscous solution known as sizing, and then carefully transferred to a sheet of paper. It is often employed as a writing surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and endpapers in bookbinding and stationery. Part of its appeal is that each print is unique. Students will learn to create their own one-of-a-kind marbled papers.
Create pop-ups that surprise and delight. Learn how to make dimensional cards that pop, bloom and move. Understand basic techniques and forms that can be used to create pop up layouts that will leave your friends delighted with special creations hand-made by you. By the end of the class, you'll have a basic understanding of pop ups and patterns created by the instructor that you can adapt to create your own pop up inventions long after the class is done.
A zine is most commonly a small-circulation work of original or appropriated texts and images. Usually zines are the product of a single person, or of a very small group. At Angelica Ink workshops you can print and fold a zine to make an interesting statement.
An art form originally found in books handwritten by monks in medieval times, these letters were the first letter of the first word of a chapter and decorated in gold, rich colors, designs and miniature art work. In this workshop you will learn to create an illuminated letter by applying gold leaf and water colors.
Paper Sculpture, Embossing, Watermarks & Pulp Painting
There are many innovative techniques for using paper pulp to create artistic imagery. Instructors explain the beating of fibers for papermaking and pulp painting and will allow for experiments with a variety of different processes. Join us to experiment using paper out of the blue box.
The Lost Art of Sentimental Hairwork
Hairwork in its many forms established itself as longstanding tradition by the latter half of the 19th century. Husbands went to work wearing watch fobs fashioned out of their wives hair. Locks from the dearly departed were mounted into rings and brooches. Ladies filled their autograph books with snippets from their friends. At the time of rising commercialism, sentimental hairwork became a way to signal ones sincerity.
Victorian Hair Wreath Workshop Hair is one of the most unique and personal mementos people can give of themselves. In this six hour course we will scan the history of the craft while we make flowers and flat work. Assembly supplies will be provided, bring family hair if you would like to personalize your wreath that you will create and take home.