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Class meets for Two Consecutive Wednesdays Feb 2nd & 9th, 6-8pm ET
NOTE: This class will be held in an online format using the Zoom Platform

Using inexpensive materials and a few key tools you will learn how to think about reduction block printing.  Then, during the week, you will design and print at least two reduction blocks with an edition size of 6 prints or more for each design. The second class will introduce you to a myriad of design possibilities for a multi paneled vertical accordion banner book.

All levels welcome. 2 hours for each zoom class with a short break.

Recommended Supplies:

  • x-acto knife with blades
  • dull knife, like a steak knife (something you have in a kitchen drawer)
  • metal ruler 18” minimum
  • Cutting surface, self-healing mats are good
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Elmer’s white Glue-All – small bottle (usually available at grocery stores)
  • waste paper- like a few brown bags or newsprint
  • ½” –flat bristle paint brush for glue (something inexpensive from a hardware store would work)
  • 3 colors of Golden Open Acrylics. These can be expensive but are worth it. They come in various opacities/transparencies so I would encourage you to have a range from transparent to more opaque.
  • OR Acrylic paints -a few colors, inexpensive is fine- Red-Yellow-Blue- Black minimum, however if you have lots of colors on hand that is fine too).
  • And Acrylic OPEN medium (Dick Blick A02013-4005) This allows you to print with ordinary acrylic paints
  • Clothespins come in handy
  • 1 single sheets of Canson Mi-Tientes (Dick Blick A10710- and then choose a color)
  • 2 sheets of Masa (Dick Blick A10409-1003) this is a Japanese paper
  • and/or 2 Reeves lightweight BFK (Dick Blick A10419-1011)
  • Soft Cut Printing Block (Dick Blick A40401-1006   12×18”) (one block)
  • Lino cut (Dick Blick Speedball Lino Set #1 A40203-1009 this is a handle with 5 blades)
  • Wooden Spoon or Barren (Dick Blick Barren A42910-1004) A wooden spoon works fine.
  • Speedball soft rubber Brayer 4” or 6” or larger (Dick Blick 6” Brayer A40104-1006)
  • Piece of Plexiglas at least 9×12, 2 would be best, but one would work
  • Masking tape and a sharpie

Image credits: Poem by Lisa Hibl, Calligraphy by Jan Owen, artist’s book with reduction prints by Rebecca Goodale

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Instructor: Rebecca Goodale

For the past twenty years, Rebecca Goodale has been creating a series of artist’s books about Maine’s rare plants and animals. Recently she has been revisiting her training as a textile designer by employing that aesthetic and various printmaking techniques to create large-scale repeatable patterns. Rebecca has taught Book Arts and Design at the University of Southern Maine for 4 decades. Her work is in many collections including the Maine Women Writers Collection at UNE, Bowdoin College Library, Herron Art Library at IUPUI, Boston Athenaeum, Yale University, Harvard University, the Library of Congress, and the Portland Museum of Art.