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Print Day in May

May 6, 2023 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Print Day in May is a free, family friendly, public event held at the Sonoma Community Center from 10 AM – 4 PM!

Print Day in May 2023 takes place on Saturday, May 6. This is an international day of printmaking that takes place every year on the first Saturday of May. Visit the official website for more information:

All activities are hands-on and collaborative — everyone in attendance is encouraged to participate in as many of the printmaking segments as desired. We will create collective prints using six different techniques. Along the way, you’ll have fun in the Print Studio, meet some professional printmakers, and learn a little about the wonderful world of printmaking.

Activities will take place in Room 208 Print Studio except for cyanotype which will take place on the back patio at noon.

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Schedule of Events

We’ll start the day by using paintbrushes to apply a special fluid to a large silkscreen. Will you add squiggles, dots, triangles? Each person can add a little something! Later in the day, once the screen is processed, everyone can pull a screenprint to take home.

Work together to apply textural elements like masking tape to a flat surface, building an abstract composition. The entire surface will be inked and run through the etching press onto paper which will pick up all the details of the collagraph plate. After participating, you might be inspired to sign up for the day-long collagraph workshop to be held on May 13th.

Try your hand at cutting a pattern into a small square ‘lino block’ then line up your inked block with others to create a large print resembling a quilt.

Help create a giant sun print on fabric! Place various leaves, twigs, flowers and grasses from around the Sonoma Community Center onto a specially treated piece of fabric. After exposing it to the sunlight on the back patio we’ll process it in water to watch the magic blue image appear. The fabric will later be used to create quilted blankets for gifts to recent immigrants through

On a large sheet of clear acrylic Plexiglas, we’ll draw one big picture using water-soluble graphite pencils. The acrylic will be placed on the press and covered with a piece of dampened printmaking paper. After running it through the big electric press we will have the big reveal — a beautiful monochromatic print.

Press a special foam block onto buttons, beans, or bolts to make an impression. Roll ink onto the block then take turns stamping onto a big piece of paper. Once the ink has dried we’ll cut the print into cards.

Learn how to use a special tool to scratch the surface of a sheet of plastic. Ink is worked into the scratches and a piece of moist paper placed on top. The pressure of the press will squeeze the moist paper into the grooves, transferring the ink to create the print.

Use both hands on the squeegee to pull colorful ink from the top to the bottom of the silkscreen. Lift the screen to see your beautiful print to take home as a souvenir of Print Day in May 2023!

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