Bring bring an apron! This is a messy class. Your shoes & clothing have real potential to get permanent ink and other stains. We use oil based inks and minimal amounts of odorless mineral spirits in our cleanup for those with a sensitivity. Most of our cleanup is done with vegetable oil and Simple Green. Disposable gloves for handling ink and dust masks for rosin are offered and encouraged.
If you already have any Speedball (or other, more professional) carving tools; please bring them. But I will have kits to lend everyone. See below. Bring an X-Acto knife; a retractable pen version would be best, if you can find one.
Pad of tracing paper; need not be larger than 8”x10”
Pencil and eraser
Colored pencils or markers of any type to color in your comps would be helpful.
I will be lending Flexcut carving tool kits with a honing jig to each student; no need to purchase expensive tools before class. Each student will be given an 8"x10" block of unmounted “battleship gray” linoleum (which can be cut into smaller blocks) to begin with, with the option of purchasing more from DFAC. Your fee includes your first linoleum block(s), proofing papers, inks and modifiers. There will be a class handout and brief discussion of the history of relief printing and styles while working. We'll cover choosing your subject matter from photos and sketches, preparing images for maximum contrast and interest, pre-planning for multiple colors, carving techniques, block registration methods and printing techniques. Woodcut is an option and can be discussed.
— Holly Bird 727-488-8291