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Embossing on the Press


B.Z. Reily

B.Z. Reily

Louise Kohrman
Saturday, January 10, 2015, 10-5
$140 non-members $125 members
$20 materials fee

This workshop is full, call to put your name on the waiting list.

Have you been curious about what sort of objects can be sent through an etching press to create embossments? And how exactly one might do so in order to add depth and dimension to papers?

In this workshop you will learn how to safely use the etching press for embossing techniques to create textures and shapes on your prints or on unprinted papers. We’ll experiment with what objects can (and cannot!) be sent through the press and also build up mat board matrices to emboss from. We’ll discuss which rag papers work best and why, proper dampening techniques, press safety, and how to dry our textured, sculpted paper “prints”.

Participants will be asked to bring dry, previously printed prints to class or blank rag papers for embossing. Some rag papers will be available to create a series of “test” embossment prints during class. Participants should also bring objects to use for embossing and will receive instructions before class about what sort of objects would be appropriate. We will just be working with presses and paper during this workshop – no ink! Students can work small or large. Come prepared to play and experiment. For all levels; no prior printmaking experience necessary.

Materials fee covers a variety of papers with which to experiment.