Pasta Machine Printing

 Registration is closed for this event

July 23rd, 2023 10:00 AM

  • Instructor: Bettina Pauly
  • Workshop Type: Printing, Arts
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Sessions: 1
  • In-person or Online?: In-person

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $160
Scholarship available; click here to apply.


Please note: the SF Marathon runs near SFCB on Sunday, July 23. Morning travel to the Center will be impacted, but not impossible. Please consider your travel options before registering for this class.

This is an in-person workshop. As of January 2023, masks are strongly encouraged but not required unless otherwise indicated. 

Revive your manual pasta maker by learning how to use it to create small drypoint prints. This technique uses the pressure that normally rolls out the pasta dough to print artwork.

Students will learn how to use different materials to create a plate including milk cartons, Tetra Paks, and Akua plate material. They'll learn how to ink up the plate, add packing to the pasta maker for the perfect impression, and pull prints to make a small edition.

The small-format prints created in class will be up to 4” by 6”. Prints will be made using a drypoint needle and a cutting knife and will be printed on Rives BFK paper with different kind of inks. The materials fee includes a drypoint needle, chipboard & felts as well as printing paper that students will be able to take home to continue making prints on their own pasta machines.

*The pasta machine does not get any ink on it, so using it for pasta AND printing is perfectly fine. Oil based etching ink will be used during class; the instructor will demonstrate how easy it is to clean up without any heavy cleaning solution.

>> Prerequisite: None <<

Materials to Bring: 

  • Hand-crank pasta maker if you have one - only the basic maker is needed, we do not need the cutting or ravioli parts!
  • Empty milk cartons and/or Tetra Paks for printing (Tetra Pak is a type of packaging used for store-bought soups, broth, nut milks, etc. Google it!)
  • Ideas for small prints - come with sketches

Date & Time: Sunday, July 23, 2023 :: 10am-4pm

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

NOTE: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class. Registration will close three days prior to the start date of the workshop to allow the instructor time to prep materials for class. 

About the Instructor | Bettina Pauly (she/her)

Bettina lives in San Francisco and works as both a book artist and a letterpress printer with Kim Vanderheiden at Painted Tongue Studios, Oakland, California. She loves books and boxes both as physical objects and as containers of meaning. She is interested in a variety of folded, sewn and woven structures in which she can incorporate her printing.

Past Student Reviews:

 “Using a pasta machine worked! And extremely well. Not only for relief and intaglio, but my favorite method of mono print.” 

“The instructor was extremely well organized, provided very inspiring examples and excellent demos, and was a patient and encouraging mentor.”

“Absolutely adore Bettina and her teaching style. Printmaking is a thing that can be intimidating for a novice like me. Bettina’s style erases any concern as she’s great at showing what is possible. Her own art is also fun to look at and hear about her process."

“The instructor was clear and efficient in her teaching method.  Most of all, the idea of printing with a pasta machine was ingenious and a true delight.”

"The teacher came prepared with many examples of her own work and showed different techniques to try.  Everyone walked away with knowledge of how to make prints with household items. Very useful!"

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States