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Inky Bookmarks: Abstract Ink Wipes with Overprinting

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm



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A 2-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Thursdays, February 22 and 29, 6-9pm

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About this Workshop:

Join us in celebration of National Reading Month to create your very own fun and funky  letterpress-printed bookmarks!

In the first session, students will print ink wipes on the Vandercook presses. Unlike most letterpress techniques, ink wiping creates unplanned abstract prints on both sides of the paper—with no two ever the same! Using different types of paper and varying thicknesses of ink students will create their own unique prints that can be layered as the paper is pulled through the press multiple times. Students will earn how to ink a press as they play with color and texture, and experiment with a fun, freestyle approach to printing. Inky papers will be left to dry between sessions.

The following week, students will cut the paper into smaller pieces for bookmarks, then typeset and print a word, monogram, or decorative type ornament using a Tabletop press. At the end of class, students will leave with a collection of one-of-a-kind bookmarks and double-sided print pieces they can use for other creative projects.

Level: Beginner – no previous experience necessary.

Registration closes February 14, 2024. Materials fees are included with registration to cover the materials supplied in class. A small list of optional items will also be provided to students to gather/bring to class.

Sample images by Theresa Esterlund


Registration includes a $20 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class such as ink and paper. Students can bring the following optional items:

  • Personal apron
  • Pen and paper/notebook to take notes
  • Any special papers you’d like to try printing on


Theresa Esterlund is an artist and educator who lives in Arlington, Virginia. After retiring from a professional career in museum education, she channeled her vision to inspire compassionate connections into a stationery business that reflects the intersection of her artistic and mindfulness practices. Her collages are windows that open to the inside—as well as abstract landscapes and other arrangements. She brings her love of gathering, sorting, and composing to letterpress, which also gives her a path to integrate words and phrases from her poetry. Theresa is also the Executive Director of UpCycle Creative Reuse Center, a non-profit that connects creativity and conservation by providing a resource center for reuse materials and a creative making space. Learn more about her work online at www.opentobeing.com and on Instagram @opentobeing.

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