Local artist Jeanette Elias takes a rubber block with a design, a piece of white paper, some black ink and a small roller.
Local artist Jeanette Elias takes a rubber block with a design, a piece of white paper, some black ink and a small roller. And from these simple tools she creates beautiful images for decorating garments, greeting cards, pictures, wood or just about anything. The technique is called block printing.
“It’s kind of like a rubber stamp. You can use styrofoam or even a potato for making the design,” she said. “And we used water based inks.” The image is first drawn on a piece on paper and then transferred, in reverse, on the block. “Really you are cutting away and getting rid of what you don’t want. That’s why we call it relief printing.”
Elias has been working in various art mediums for most of her life, she says. And for the past six years she has been involved in artists’ workshops held upstairs at Studio 2880.
She believes the weekly workshops are a valuable learning experience for both novice and experienced artists.
“A lot of people who come out don’t know a lot about art. It can be fun just to see people realize that they have artistic talent. Anyone can pick up a brush or pen and create art. It’s very satisfying really.” Artists workshops are held every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:30.
Printmaking Class #1 begins with a discussion from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 followed by the class.
The maximum class size is usually 15. New members are welcome. Drop in fee is $5. Supplies are available for a fee. For more information call Joy at 564-4148.
A chip off the old block