Printmakers – A 7 Workshop Series

Wednesday, October 4, 2017Wednesday, May 2, 2018 (7 months)
1:00 pm

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Open Book Building

1011 Washington Ave S, Ste 100
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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DIY Printmaker

Description:  This is a 7-workshop series led by teaching artist Cindy Gipple and organized by Nic Rosenau. It was designed by Séamus Blake, Cindy Gipple, and Angela Hed Vincent.

This unique series of workshops is limited to just 10 students ensuring individualized attention and plenty of “elbow room” for the creative process.

Students who complete the series will be presented with an embroidered DIY Printmakers patch and a signed Certificate of Skill Mastery at the final workshop on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

Over the course of the first 5 workshops, students will create a 7x7-inch two-pocket hardcover case holding a 5x3½-inch hardcover meander personal symbol book and a 5x3½-inch softcover pamphlet-stitched book, using their own Suminagashi marbled paper for their front and back covers (and in some cases endpages). The hardcover case, hardcover meander and softcover pamphlet will feature each student's own personal symbol as a framed coverplate. At the sixth workshop, students will use their own Suminagashi marbled paper to create an origami wallet with interior sewn pamphlet. A final stand-alone workshop will explore the printing press.

Target grade level: This workshop is designed for 7th grade and up (typically 12 years and up).

Cost per child/student: $139

Registration: register online at
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Suminagashi Paper Marbling

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
1:00pm – 2:30pm (90 minutes)

Suminagashi ( 墨 流 し ) [sue-me-NAH-gah-she] paper marbling is the ancient Japanese technique of decorating paper with inks. It is believed to be the oldest form of marbling, originating in China over 2,000 years ago and practiced in Japan by Shinto priests as early as the 12th century. Suminagashi means literally “ink-floating” and involves doing just that. Japanese Sumi-e inks are dropped carefully to float on a still water surface and then blown across to form delicate swirls, after which the ink is picked up by laying a sheet of paper atop the ink covered water.

Combining fluid mechanics with artistic talent, an artist can control the floating pigments to form concentric rings of colors with a brush, other tools, or even their breath to create images suggestive of mountain ranges, landscapes, clouds and animals before printing them on a sheet of paper.

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Suminagashi Marbled Paper

Over the remainder of the series, your completed Suminagashi marbled papers will be used to create a 5x3½-inch hardcover meander personal symbol book, a 7x7-inch two-pocket hardcover case, a softcover pamphlet-stitched book, and an origami wallet.

Suminagashi Hardcover Two-Pocket Case with Suminagashi Hardcover Personal Symbol Meander and Suminagashi Softcover Stitched Pamphlet

Personal Symbol Printing

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
1:00pm – 2:30pm (90 minutes)

Design a personal symbol to mount and print on the printing press!

A personal symbol is an image that is unique to you! Students should arrive with an idea for their own personal symbols. Before the workshop, students should take time to think about objects and actions that carry personal meaning for themselves, considering images that represent important aspects of their personalities, their heritage, or convey an important message about who they are. No numbers, letters or family crests, please!

The images will be cut into a Speedball Flexible Printing Plate. These plates are made of a vinyl material that is soft and flexible and can be cut with school scissors or linoleum cutters.

Once all personal symbols are created, the symbols will be placed together on a print plate, inked with a teal ink, and then each student will get to crank the printing press handle to run one sheet through the printing press to print his or her own copy.

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Your completed print will be used to as the interior of a 5x3½-inch hardcover meander symbol book. The result will be a unique limited-edition meander book.

Hardcover Meander Symbol Book

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
1:00pm – 2:30pm (90 minutes)

Create a 5x3.5-inch hardcover 10-page meander book. The meander (or maze) book gets its name from the way the paper is cut and folded to make the pages.

The meander will contain all 10 of our group's personal symbols and be covered using your Suminagashi marbled paper. Your own personal symbol will then become a coverplate framed in charcoal grey.

The result will be a unique limited-edition meander book.

Hardcover Case

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
1:00pm – 2:30pm (90 minutes)

Create a 7x7-inch hardcover case with book tape using your Suminagashi marbled paper for the front and back covers and endpages and your personal symbol as a coverplate framed in charcoal grey.

The pockets will be added at the March Workshop.

Softcover Pamphlet-Stitched Book

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
1:00pm – 2:30pm (90 minutes)

Create a 5x3½-inch softcover pamphlet-stitched book using your Suminagashi marbled paper for the cover and your personal symbol as a coverplate framed in charcoal grey. The inner pages will be 8 folded blank sheets of drawing paper.

Then create two charcoal grey pockets for your hardcover case to hold both your hardcover meander symbol book and your newly created softcover pamphlet.

Origami Wallet

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 hours)

Create an Origami wallet with sewn pamphlet from your Suminagashi marbled paper.

This wallet, designed by Hedi Kyle, has a tuck-in closure and a card pocket perfectly sized to hold a homeschool ID, a bus pass and/or an ATM card.

Choose from a selection of non-patterned bright cover-weight paper for the cover for your sewn pamphlet and from a variety of text papers for the 6 folded inner pages.

Orgiami Wallet

Pressure Printed Poster with Sign Press

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
1:00pm – 3:30pm (2½ hours)

Create an 11x17-inch poster and experience the power of multiples in printmaking!

Begin by creating a template for your own multi-tone print design through a process of paper cutting and collage. Then print three impressions of your individual design on a Vandercook printing press using midnight blue ink on the paper color of your choice.

Then set your own letters by hand, choosing your font and letter size, and use the sign press to print your word or phrase in black ink over your pressure print image — then return your letters to their proper trays.

Turn each impression into a unique monoprint by adding color and other embellishments by hand.

This poster will be unique to you! Students should arrive with an idea for their poster image and their printed word or short phrase. Before the workshop, students should take time to think about objects, actions, words and phrases that carry personal meaning for themselves, considering images and words that represent important aspects of their personalities, their heritage, or convey an important message about who they are.

Pressure Printed Poster

Accommodations: MCBA studios are accessible to all, but please note any special needs in the comments field when registering.

If your child(ren) require(s) your one-on-one assistance to have a successful workshop experience, please sign yourself up an Adult Educator and PCA. Please use the comment field to specify any other accommodations your child(ren) need(s) to succeed.

Sibling policy: Younger siblings are welcome to enroll if a parent or other responsible adult is willing and able to serve as their classroom assistant. Participating parents are also welcome. Due to space limitations, only enrolled students and activity engaged chaperones and PCAs may be present in the classroom.

Parent/guardian/educator policy: Due to space concerns and the noise caused by background chatter, any adults who choose to remain in the classroom are expected to be actively engaged as both educators and chaperones and to be willing and able to assist any and all children present as needed, not just their own children (with the exception of parents acting at their own children's PCAs). If you would prefer to chat with the other parents or are not comfortable assisting children who are not your own, please do not sign up to be an Adult Educator and Chaperone.

Because too many people in the room can simply make it difficult for the instructor to maneuver about the room and effectively demonstrate techniques and assist students, the number of assisting adults will be limited. Assisting adults should also endeavor to not block the free movement of the instructor.

Adult supervision is not provided. Parents of students younger than 12 must remain in the Open Book building during the workshops (there is a very nice coffee shop in the lobby with free WiFi) or recruit another parent (who is not the organizer) to be their children's on-site responsible adult. Parents who drop off their teens affirm and acknowledge that their teenagers are capable to being responsible for themselves.

Please note that once our workshop has begun, MCBA's policy is that students may not leave the workshop unless accompanied by a responsible adult. To avoid disruption to the workshop, parents are asked to make sure their own children are aware of this policy and that their own children have visited the restroom and had a drink of water prior to the start of the workshop.

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