Letterpress poster print

Learn how to design and print a poster using wood and metal type.

  • 6 hours
  • 90 British pounds
  • Calf House Studios

About this workshop

Come and print a short edition of a one or two colour poster using wood and metal type. You don't need any design or art skills. I will guide you and advise on layout and colour, and what can be achieved using the process. My studio, Muttons & Nuts, is in an idyllic setting on top of Bishop Burton wold with views towards Beverley and the sounds of swallows chattering (in the summer) and cows mooing (in the winter). All materials will be provided. Special cotton papers are available for an extra cost. WHAT CAN I PRINT? It’s up to you but you some options are: Song lyrics: Around 10 lines of text from your favourite song with some words or the song title picked out with larger wood type. Or a single line from a song using larger type. Poetry: Perhaps there's a poem you particularly like and would like as a framed print. It shouldn't be too long though. Quote: You might have a quote or statement that you would like to see as an art print. We can work together to design a print to creatively present the text. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN An introduction to composition and lock up of metal and wood type Inking up using either flat-colour or creative hand-inking, or both Press operation on the flat bed cylinder press or manual proofing press Snippets of interesting traditional printing terminology WHAT YOU’LL TAKE HOME 10–20 copies of your print which you can then have framed. We’ll work to standard A size (maximum A3) which should fit standard retail frames. Or you can work to a non-standard size and have it framed professionally. There is a framer on site at Calf House Studios. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? A packed lunch (I will provide tea, coffee and cake/biscuits.) I will provide an apron to protect your clothing from ink and oil, but it's best to wear some old clothes just in case.

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Contact Details

  • Calf House Studio's, Cold Harbour Road, Bishop Burton, Beverley, UK