Letterpress: Taking the Plunge

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021
  • Sunday, December 12, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Saturday, December 11, 2021, 10:00 AM 4:30 PM (PST)
  • Sunday, December 12, 2021, 10:00 AM 4:30 PM (PST)
  • BARN Printmaking Studio, Class Code: PR121121EM+
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  • $304 tuition + $10 materials fee
  • $234 tuition + $10 materials fee

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Print by Ellie Mathews

This two-day workshop is the whole enchilada: type selection, type setting, paper selection, and ink mixing. Learn the basics of letterpress printing, its language, the tools, and the materials. Dive into the intricacies of the craft while working on BARN’s simplest press.

We'll start by scooting through letterpress details: working with type, locking up a form, and preparing a project for printing. This is a skills and techniques workshop intended to ready you to work on your own projects with confidence during monitored Open Studios.


  • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Overall BARN safety policies are here.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to complete our simple form.  

Instructor Bios:

Instructors are Ellie Mathews and Carl Youngmann. Carl began setting type letter by letter in 1960; Ellie combines her experience as a designer with her willingness to explore the techniques of relief printing. Together, they operate The North Press in Port Townsend, where they focus on the production of poetry broadsides with occasional adventures into ephemera, posters, cards, and whimsies. Working as a team, they will share with you their passion for the craft while guiding participants step-by-step toward taking independent command of the process.

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