Call for Entries: 2nd Annual Day2Day Print Exchange

Are you a printmaker and would love to get new art but don’t have the budget for it? Then participate in the 2nd Annual Print Exchange that Danielle Godbout has organized! All you have to do is send 11 prints, and you will get 10 different prints sent back to you. That’s a lot of new art! Specifics of the exchange as posted by Danielle are below, so be sure to read carefully and RSVP by November 1st.

Second Annual Day 2 Day Print Exchange

Call For Entries:

You are invited to participate in the second annual Day2Day Print Exchange. Last year we received prints nation wide making our first year a big success.

All prints must conform to the following guidelines. Any prints that do not fit the guidelines will be returned to the artist at the artist’s expense.

Deadline: November 30, 2011

Paper Size: 6 “ x 9 ”

Theme: Storytelling (This is set to help individuals, artists are not restricted to the theme)

Medium: Intaglio. Relief, Lithography, Serigraphy, Collograph, Monotypes, Monoprints, or any combination of these methods is acceptable. Digital prints or photographs with the addition of any hand printed methods will also be accepted.

Edition Requirements: 11 prints, Signed and numbered (1/11, 2/11, 3/11…etc.)

Name tags: Include your name, the title, and the medium used. (This can be included on a separate piece of paper for each print, or on the back of each print)

Postage: You need a preaddressed return envelope with adequate postage

RSVP: Danielle Godbout at by November 1, 2011

Mail Submissions: 4 Denkers Drive
Ballston Lake, NY 12019

(Unfortunately we are not responsible for prints lost)
A portfolio of 10 random prints will be mailed to each participant early Spring 2012.

Prints may be held in a show sometime next year. Details to follow.


Local Beginner Monoprinters!

Spotlight on: local beginner printmakers, specifically monoprinters! All art was made in a Printmaking & Fabric class taught at Ragged Edge Print Studio in Cohoes. Students ranged in age from 11 to full-size adult.   🙂

Students sketched their design (in this case a bird of their choosing), used watercolors and watercolor crayons to draw on plexiglass, then transferred the image to fabric to create a one-of-a-kind monoprint. Once dry, monoprints were turned into sachets or stuffed pillows.










Some students drew very realistically like the baby chicken drawing, while others made more stylized birds like those below.
















Affordable Art: Printmaking

Printmaking is one of the most accessible art forms out there. While you could use a press to print, it is certainly not required. You can make linoleum prints, monoprints, and screenprints at home without a press, just to name a few. What is printmaking? First you create an image on a printing plate (could be a variety of surfaces, ranging from plexiglass to wood to a potato– yes, I said a potato. Remember those prints you made in grade school where you cut a star into half of  a potato, dipped it in paint, then printed it onto paper? That’s basic printmaking.)  Then you transfer your image from the plate to paper or fabric or whatever.

This is where the super cool thing about printmaking comes in– you can print multiples of the same image. For an artist, this means you can do series, have multiples to sell or exhibit, and print the same image in lots of different colors (like Andy Warhol’s Soup Cans).  It also allows you to print the same image on different types of surfaces, from Rives BFK paper (a favorite of mine) to handmade paper  to fabric or nontraditional surfaces. As a buyer, multiple prints means printmaking is one of the most affordable ways to own original artworks.

For example, the online shop Mengsel’s Design has the above beautiful screen print of a boat on waves for only $65.  Or Nifty Swank has this retro hand-cut lino print for only $15! There really is a print for every budget.

If you’d like to try your hand at making your own prints, I’d suggest checking out a class at Ragged Edge Printmaking Studio in Cohoes. Owned by Kathy Klompas and Lise Toch, the studio is tucked away on Remsen Street and offers everything from monoprinting silk scarves to summer “camp” options for kids. The studio itself is a great work space with a gorgeous press and ample work space. Ragged Edge is also “green” and uses eco-friendly alternatives to the harsh chemicals often found in a traditional printing studio. There is also the Arts Center in Troy.

If you can’t or don’t want to try printmaking yourself, be on the look out for the work of three of my favorite local printmakers: Harold Lohner, Pamela Hollinde, and George Dirolf (who is also an amazing painter).