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Pressure and Relief: Techniques in Letterpress Printing

Published March 19, 2013

October 19th & 20th –  Register by September 20th
Taught by Ellen Knudson at FAR’s Small Craft Advisory Press
Co-sponsored by the South East Guild of Book Workers and SCAP

Letterpress printing from low relief surfaces creates texture and depth that can be subtle or stark. The collagraph relief technique involves adhering low relief materials (such as card stock, tape, chip board, or fabric) to a type-high block, inking the block, and pulling a print from it. The pressure print technique involves placing similar materials directly beneath the printing paper and pulling a print from the inked type-high block or plate. These two methods can be applied singly or in combination. Using the Vandercook cylinder proofing press, we will discover the hard and soft effects that collagraph and pressure prints offer. Students are invited to explore the possibilities of hand lettering, image, and the addition of handset metal types while considering the ethereal and concrete realities of the collagraph mediums.

Ellen Knudson is a book artist, designer and proprietor of Crooked Letter Press who teaches letterpress printing and book binding at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She holds an MFA in Book Arts and a BA in Graphic Design. Her work is internationally exhibited and widely collected.


Please register online at: by the September 20th deadline. If you have difficulty registering for this workshop or have any questions, please contact: