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Artist Mixer: Printmaking with Rubber Plates

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Find creative community and join us for an artful evening of printmaking fun.

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During this interactive Artist Mixer, Artist Mark Brodie will demonstrate how rubber plate stencils can be used to create small prints or applied multiple times to “grow” into a large piece.

Mark will start with examples of a few finished prints to help develop ideas of what you may like to create. Techniques that will be taught during this virtual, hands-on activity include cutting provided rubber materials, tips for using Akua inks, how to ink the plate stencils, and ways to print including stamping and hand rubbings.

This event is proudly sponsored by ArtSpan’s community partner, Blick Art Materials and is exclusive to 20 participants.

Register through Eventbrite by 11:30pm on Thursday, January 7th so ArtSpan can ship to each participant the following Blick materials to participate:

Rubber printing blocks

Rubber brayer for applying the ink

Japanese style paper

2 containers of Akua ink (one black, one white)

1 exacto knife

Other supplies participants will need include:

-Newsprint

-Paper towels or rags

2- pieces of plexi or glass or equivalent flat non-absorbing surface, one to roll out ink, the other to print on, at least 16”x20”

-Ink/paint spatula or thin stiff putty knife

-Thin 6” or longer wooden stick or equivalent to stir ink, can even use a screwdriver

Additional optional items may include:

-Mineral spirits to clean brayer (or soap and water or even vegetable oil)

-Sharpie pen

-Small gouges used for woodcuts or linocuts, such as speedball lino cutter

-Ruler

About the Artist: Photography has been Mark Brodie's primary artistic outlet for the last 30 years but he has always had an appreciation for works on paper. By “burning” his photos onto solar-plates, he deconstructs urban images by varying the combination, the sequence in which the plates are printed, and the colors used. He then transform them into an infinite range of abstract, organic compositions and textures. Mark works primarily with mono-prints that continually alter aspects of the process to produce a new creation each time the paper is pulled from the plate. He often views the world as a potential plate and his prints reflect the richness and flexibility of this medium.

Mark developed the Rubber Plate Process in response to Covid “stay at home” requirements. Without access to his studio, he needed a way to continue making prints without a press, and preferably with nontoxic materials. He found it to be a fun technique to share with others that are looking for something to add to their creative repertoire, especially while working at home.

About ArtSpan Artist Mixers: ArtSpan produces Artist Mixer events throughout the year to give artists a chance to meet, mingle, and make art with each other. Past events have included studio tours, bingo games, valentine printmaking, mystery box assemblage with SCRAP, gallery tours, letterpress and bookbinding, live model figure drawing, and more!

About Blick Art Materials: This family-owned retail and catalog business supplies professional and amateur artists, students, scholastic art programs, and to anyone else who requires art supplies for business or pleasure. Established as a mail order business by Dick Blick in 1911 and purchased by Robert Metzenberg in 1947, it is one of the oldest and largest art materials suppliers in the United States, including five Blick locations in the Bay Area.

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