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Holiday Card Letterpress Workshop

Two-day workshop with Kristin Walker
Saturday Nov 2 and Saturday Nov 9
10 am to 4 pm
$150 plus $75 materials
(Whitprint members: $135 plus $75 materials)

About The Workshop
Get ready for the holidays with a two-day introduction to letterpress printing with a holiday card-making workshop with local printmaker, and owner of Twin Ravens Press, Kristin Walker. Participants will explore different letterpress printing techniques while creating a set of up to 25 cards and envelopes in up to two colors to send out for the holidays.

Topics discussed will include: what types of images work well for letterpress printing, how to create an image for photopolymer platemaking, color separation, hand-set lead type, envelope printing, multiple-color registration, and printing on tabletop and floor-model platen letterpresses.

Day 1: Discussion of image creation for letterpress, color separation, and creation of photopolymer plates from hand-drawn or computer generated images. Students will have time to create their images, and Kristin will demonstrate how to digitize them for platemaking. All images need to be completed by end of day so that plates can be ordered during the following week. Students may also begin hand-type setting their return addresses for envelopes and/or a short greeting for their cards in metal type, time permitting.

Day 2: Demonstration of letterpress operation and multiple-color registration. Plates will have arrived from plate maker with student images, and students will have studio time to print their cards and (time permitting) envelopes. At end of day students will have an opportunity to tour Twin Ravens Press.

All materials and supplies for the workshop will be provided to you, including up to 48 square inches of photopolymer plate material, 25 pre-scored cotton letterpress cards, 25 A2 envelopes, inks, and tools. Please come prepared with ideas for your holiday card image.

About The Instructor
When Kristin Walker discovered letterpress printing in the spring of 2003, she found herself immediately drawn to the rhythmic sounds of hundred-year-old antique machinery, the smell of printer’s inks and oil mingling together, and the deliciously tactile impression of metal type and images on cotton paper. Kristin pursued many different avenues in art and design during college, and ultimately earned double-BFA degrees in Multimedia Design (with a focus in graphic design and printmaking) and Photography from the University of Oregon in 2007. After college, she attempted to find work in a professional photo studio, but settled for a job in corporate marketing and design. A chance connection and quick friendship with a retired, third-generation letterpress printer, Bob Giles, reignited Kristin’s passion for antique machinery and old-fashioned printing...she quit her marketing job in order to found Twin Ravens Press ( in the fall of 2007.

When she’s not teaching paper arts or doing commercial or artistic work for Twin Ravens Press, Kristin also enjoys teaching and participating in various forms of social partner dancing (including blues, jazz, lindy hop, and tango), traveling, eating spicy food, and cuddling cats. 

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Reserving Your Spot
Register and pay in full to reserve your spot. To cancel a workshop enrollment, please email You'll get a full refund if your request is received at least 14 days before the start of the workshop, or a 50% refund if it is received at least 7 days before the start.