$135 – $300

ProSkills Class - Learn Letterpress from a Master Printer!

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Twig & Fig's Printing Studio!

2110 Vine Street

Berkeley, CA 94709

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A FULL DAY LETTERPRESS INTENSIVE for calligraphers, artists and those who simply appreciate any of it!!!

Obsessed with the beauty of letterpress printing but intimidated with the process? Would you love to see your own calligraphy and/or line drawings on your very own holiday card? Now is your chance!

During this intensive one-day course you will learn not only the long and significant history of the letterpress print method, AND you'll be printing your very own holiday cards!! The coolest part is that you will be learning how to print on an EPIC antique C&P platen press from 1890—a printing connoisseur's dream!!

We will start off the day by making our own printing plates for the press. Then we will move on to learn how to set up the press, apply the ink and finally print on paper. The workshop includes a 90 minute lunch break.

The class is taught by Serge Vigeant, master printer at Twig & Fig in Berkeley, CA. Serge, co-founder of Twig & Fig with Suzie McKig, began his path on this fantastic printing method of letterpress over 15 years ago and has been printing professionally ever since! The course is not only fabulous for geeking out on printing, but its fast paced will assure you get a thorough understanding of letterpress you can only get from a veteran in the field— from history to techniques, strengths, troubleshooting, and of course, current modern applications.

Class maximum is 6 persons so you'll be part a very private session! Get your friends to sign up with you and make it a PARTY!! In fact, we'll even throw in the CHAMPAGNE!!!

Seating is very limited (only six people per class) so hurry, and reserve your place now!! You can sign up for the November 18th class OR for the December 2nd class.

Please contact us at hello@ink.academy with any questions you might have.


WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • Full day of class
  • Film and plates for your holiday card
  • 25 final holiday cards (you can also order more for later)
  • Tea, champagne & biscuits!


PRIOR TO CLASS

IF YOU WISH TO DESIGN YOUR OWN HOLIDAY CARDS:

  • The holiday cards you will print in class will be pre-cut to 3.5 x 5 inch.
  • Your design file will be in Adobe Illustrator or Adobe InDesign
  • PhotoShop files are acceptible for calligraphy scans only.
  • All art should be black and white only (solid line drawing, calligraphy in black ink, etc), though you will be able to print in color on the day itself.
  • Save your file in a CMYK color space.
  • Please outline all fonts before sending your file (or provide them separately).
  • Font sizes should be no smaller than 7pt for legibility.
  • Please avoid large areas of solid ink coverage; line drawings are okay, just with pen & ink—no art created with pencil, gray shades or painting.
  • Send your file in one flattened INDD, PDF or AI vector file (no pixel-based art) in 100% black.


IF YOU WOULD LIKE A DESIGNER TO DESIGN YOUR CARD:
Designing a holiday card that is a) interesting, b) legible and c) stunning is way trickier than it looks!! Let the pros help you put together a gorgeous layout you can feel extra excited about! Contact hello@ink.academy with all of your information you'd like on the card, your calligraphy work (or have us create something) and we'll present 3 different designs for you. You'll pick your favorite and it will be printed in class!



Refunds and Cancellations

For these niche boutique workshops, Ink.Academy is not able to issue refunds.

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