Secrets of Inking for Letterpress

August 3rd, 2023 6:00 PM

  • Instructor: Alan Hillesheim
  • Workshop Type: Printing
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Sessions: 1
  • In-person or Online?: In-person

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $80
Scholarship available; click here to apply.

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

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 and Jobbing 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. 

>> Prerequisite: None. Cylinder Core students are particularly welcome, whether they've completed the series or not. <<

Materials to Bring: None. All tools and materials will be provided.

Date & Time: Thursday, August 3, 2023 :: 6-9pm

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 | Alan Hillesheim (he/him)

Alan Hillesheim has been wrenching around printing presses for 35 years. Printing presses need to be moved, oiled, inked, cleaned, and maintained, in short they need attention like a six year old. Maintenance is a dirty business, but a necessary one for beautifully printed anything. Alan has a passion for the mechanics of the print studio and enjoys encouraging others to roll up their sleeves and grab a wrench. His 35 years in the letterpress business and “all-ten-fingers” count speak for themselves. Join him and wear old clothes.
Oh, and once the press is in fine order, Alan has a few secrets to divulge about perfect inking and stellar printing.

Past Student Reviews:

"Alan is excellent at explaining difficult concepts clearly and making sure you understand."

“Instructor is very accessible and answers every question. He has a really broad range of knowledge and is cheerful and approachable.”

"Alan is very generous with his knowledge, and he listens well to the participants."

“It was an excellent opportunity to delve into so many nuances of printing with an expert.”

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States