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Inky Bookmarks: Abstract Ink Wipes with Overprinting

June 10 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm



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Inky Bookmarks, June 2023 Registration
$ 178.00
6 available

A 2-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Saturdays, June 10 and 17, 2-5pm

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About this Workshop:

Unlike most letterpress techniques, ink wiping creates unplanned abstract prints on both sides of the paper—with no two ever the same! Ink wipes are done on the Vandercook without typesetting, but you’ll get an opportunity to set type and print on the tabletop presses when you turn your ink wipes into bookmarks.

On the first day, we’ll print on different types of paper and use varying thicknesses of ink for various effects that can be layered as you pull the paper through the press multiple times. You’ll learn how to ink a Vandercook press as you 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, you’ll cut the paper into smaller pieces for bookmarks then print on a tabletop press with a typeset word, monogram, or decorative type ornament. You’ll leave with a collection of one-of-a-kind bookmarks and double-sided print pieces you can use for other creative projects.

Level: Beginner – no experience necessary

Registration closes June 2, 2023. 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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