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Screen printing process video

Here is a quick stop-motion film I made screen printing the piece at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative for the Blue Moon Artist Series…

Relief presentation

I teach a Print Basics class at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative on Tuesday nights. It is a very full class but somehow everyone manages to make it despite the snow and subzero temps… we have a lot of fun! and snacks! :D

Anyway, this week everyone rocked it! I have to post about it. Here is a photo and video of Casey Engel, my badass TA, showing off some of her relief prints and blocks. Afterwards we got the carving and printing demos… I will be posting some of the prints next week.

relief class CPC

New printmaking classes starting soon!

It’s the dead of winter, come hang in the printshop!

I’m excited to announce a new line-up of classes starting soon… Learn to print, make cool stuff, bring a buddy and some tunes to share :-)

follow the links for more info and to register…

Introduction to Relief Printmaking at Lillstreet Art Center:

2 – 5pm Saturdays, April 11 – May 9


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Screenprinting Explorations at Spudnik Press:

6 – 8:30pm Tuesdays, March 10 – May 28


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Intro to Printmaking at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative:

6 – 9pm Mondays, March 30 – May 4


Relief & Screenprinting at Lillstreet

For anyone interested in an overview of screen printing and relief techniques, I will be teaching a new class at Lillstreet Art Center for their Early Winter schedule:


Relief & Screenprinting Combo
Multi-Level, 5 weeks
Saturdays, Nov 22 – Dec 20, 2014
3 – 6 pm

Learn the basics of two processes in one class: relief and screenprinting. Students will translate their designs into original prints in both mediums. Fundamentals including carving, inking, printing linoleum blocks and exposing images to screens will be covered. Additional time will be spent choosing ink, mixing ink colors and selecting tools. Hand and press printing will be demonstrated for relief.

More info & register

New Classes Start Soon

This spring, I will be teaching two new classes at a couple of wonderful print studios in Chicago. If you have been curious about screen printing, or learning more about printmaking in general, please follow the links below for more info and to register. Also, if you know anyone who might be interested in signing up for a class or private lesson, please feel free to share… thank you! And of course you can always contact me for any questions :)

Intro to Screenprinting on PaperBegins Saturday, January 11th!

8 weeks on Saturdays, 10am – 12:30pm at Spudnik Press

screenprinting on paper

Gain basic screenprinting skills for printing onto paper. This class teaches a wide range of skills, including working from basic handmade stencils to using photo emulsion, mixing ink, and creating an edition of clean, sharp, prints. By the end of the class, students will choose an independent project that could be anything from a set of greeting cards to a gig poster, fine-art print, or components for a zine. Students will need to supply all paper for independent projects. All other supplies will be provided.

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Intro to Printmaking – Begins Monday, February 24th ($20 OFF if you register by Jan 15th)

6 weeks on Mondays, 6 – 9pm at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

intro to print

This six-week course offers an introduction to a range of printmaking techniques with which to produce original work. Students will learn and explore many types of printmaking, including screen printing, relief, monotype, and intaglio. Works will be printed with the press and by hand. This course is a general introduction to many of the processes available at CPC, as well as a great refresher course. Some materials are included and a supply list will be provided on the first day.

The Story of Fidgety Philip: process

Here is the process from pencil to the final four-color screenprint of ‘The Story of Fidgety Philip’.

The story is about a boy who refuses to sit still at the dinner table, eventually grabbing at the tablecloth and knocking everything to the floor. This page faces the text for a different story in the book.

the final 8×10 pencil drawing

which is inked…

after layout and color separations are done, the first color – red – is printed
philip_first red color

then the second color, gray


printing the third color

and lastly, the fourth and final :)
philip_final printing

philip_final print


Printing the right/recto of the title page spread. The left will be printed on a different sheet, they will eventually meet up.

title spread, yellow, drying

title spread process, gray, screen

title spread process, gray

title spread process, blue
The third color is the blue. I love the dark green that happened in the lines…

title spread process, blue, detail
The fourth and last color is the dark brown, which I am printing tonight.

More Struwwelpeter printing process

Since the transparencies have been coming out spotty, I’ve been painting them in with india ink. It works really well and I prefer it to the Super Black markers because the markers tend to sticky and cling to the screen, leaving residue behind.

tranparency paint


Printing the first color for one of the pages for the ‘Harriet and the Matches’ story