Press-Free Printmaking

Course #2000028
Annette Wehrhahn

Materials fee: $15*

This covers the cost of shared materials pre-purchased by your instructor.  Please bring cash or check payable to the instructor to your FIRST CLASS SESSION. 

*This fee does not cover the cost of materials listed below. 

Required materials for the FIRST class:
a soft rubber 4" or 6" brayer (a brayer is a hand-held rubber roller)
plexiglass sheets: 2 plates with a thickness of 1/8" measuring 12" x 12" each
bone folder (also known as a bookmaking folder) or a Japanese barren
retractable utility knife
pencils and erasers
paintbrushes of various sizes
glue (Elmer's, Sobo are a Neutral PH PVA [Poly Vinyl Acetate] all are good)
water mixable oil paint (Not to be confused with regular oil paint. It sounds strange but it's a great product, free of noxious odors, and it makes an excellent printing ink.) Get 3-5 colors that you enjoy.

Canoford drawing paper 19" x 25": 5 sheets any colors of your choice
newsprint pad, 16" X 20" or 18" X 24" are both good
18" x 24" sheet of oak-tag (sometimes referred to as poster board or tagboard — any color - it should not be so thick you can't cut it with scissors)

All papers can be folded in half to make for easier transport.  Tear out 10-15 sheets of newsprint in order to carry less for the first class

materials for subsequent classes:
*You may need the following materials. We'll discuss these after the first class session
additional printing papers
woodcut set
linoleum or rubber carving plates
paintbrushes of various sizes
Japanese barren

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