Secrets of Inking for Letterpress

$ 65.00

August 30th, 2017 6:30 PM

  • Instructor: Alan Hillesheim
  • Workshop Type: Printing
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: August 30th, 2017 6:30 PM
  • Workshop End: August 30th, 2017 9:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

Learn the secrets to better printing through proper inking techniques. This workshop is an in-depth review of how to apply and manipulate ink on Cylinder, Jobbing Platen, and Tabletop Platen Presses. The instructor will provide tips on the use of rubber- and- oil-based inks on various papers. Students will learn why and how to dampen paper for better ink coverage, why allowing ink to set gives better results, and how to use bearers for better ink control. Students will also learn how to mix ink and what kind of ink additives give more control. Secrets of Inking for Letterpress provides tips that will help students at all levels to become more successful printers.

Materials to Bring: None.

Workshop + Materials Fee: $65.00

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 :: 6:30-9:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Alan Hillesheim

Alan Hillesheim has degrees in English Literature from UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago. Thus, lost in the woods without a compass, he apprenticed at Jim Robertson's Yolla Bolly Press, over his head in the black art. There he happened upon a dysfunctional paper-folding-machine which resembled a Norwegian snow sled wrecked by six drunks. He fixed it. And then began a 23 year adventure both printing and fixing machines from the golden age of letterpress. In addition to running Digger Pine Press into the ground, he also builds wooden boats for oar and sail and, most recently, fanciful wooden toys for a four year old. He is still writing the novel he started 25 years ago, Different Eyes.

Past Student Reviews:

“The workshop was tremendously insightful! Alan was very generous with sharing information. In addition to inking issues, I had many technical questions related to general printing and equipment, and Alan thoroughly and patiently explained everything I wanted to know. Now I can't wait to get back into printing to test out the new knowledge I've gained through this workshop!”

“Thank you, Alan!” 

“Alan was very generous with his knowledge and his time. I appreciated that he asked each of us about our inking issues and covered all of these and much more during the class. I learned a lot!”


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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States