Letterpress Paper Flowers
May
3
6:00 pm18:00

Letterpress Paper Flowers

  • Blackbird Letterpress

In this fun evening class, you'll create a small bouquet of paper flowers, made from an assortment of colorful paper printed with letterpress patterns. Perfect to give to Mom on Mother's Day! You'll also take home a step-by-step guide so you can grow your own paper flower garden!

This class is $30 which includes all materials and is lead by Rebecca, a printer and designer at Blackbird. 

Registration and prepayment is required. Sign up online here!

Printshop Social: Letterpress Postcards
May
12
7:00 pm19:00

Printshop Social: Letterpress Postcards

  • Blackbird Letterpress

Our monthly shop letterpress social! On the 2nd Friday of the month, join us for refreshments and a fun crafty project lead by someone from our shop. Great event for couples, friends, colleagues, or solo.

This month, join Rebecca for a bit of printshop social-activism, as we collaborate to design and print a set of postcards to send to our elected representatives. As a group, we'll decide on an idea and hand-set the type, and everyone will get a chance to print on the Vandercook letterpress. Then we'll make our voices heard! We'll even provide the stamps.

This class is $15 and includes all materials and refreshments. Registation and prepayment is required. Sign up online here!.

Linoleum-cut printing on the Vandercook
May
20
10:00 am10:00

Linoleum-cut printing on the Vandercook

  • Blackbird Letterpress

Over the course of this all-day workshop, you’ll learn how to design, transfer, and carve an image into a block of linoleum for a 2-color print. Once your image is ready, you’ll learn the basics of how to lock up, register, and print your image using our Vandercook letterpress. You can expect to complete an edition of ten 8”x10” prints on cotton letterpress paper.  Linoleum, ink, paper, and carving tools are all provided. All skill levels are welcome–all you need is your imagination and a favorite image (a photo, a drawing, or even something you’ve found online) that you want to turn into a print.

This class is $110 which includes all materials and is lead by Rebecca, a printer and designer at Blackbird. 

Registration and prepayment is required. Sign up online here

"I Can't Draw!" Drawing Workshop
Jun
7
Jun 21

"I Can't Draw!" Drawing Workshop

  • Blackbird Letterpress

There is so much more to drawing than drawing from life! In this series of workshops, we will explore different ways of drawing, and mark making, trying a variety of media and techniques. This is an opportunity to shake up your ideas of being artistic, and let your adventurous spirit reign.   Each class will be an opportunity to try new materials, or familiar materials in new ways, focusing on creativity and exploration over final compositions. 

Drawing is a create way to shake up our perspective, a way of loosening creativity with just a few basic items. This class is designed for those who want to do something creative but think they cannot draw or are not artistic because they never mastered 2 point perspective. This class is also good for working artists who want a fresh approach to their work, in any medium. 

June 7--Lines! In this class we will begin with just two drawing utensils and see how far we can go with it. We will use a variety of drawing exercises to loosen up our drawing muscles and see what we can make with limited materials.  This class is the first in the series. This class by itself is $35 or sign up for all 3 for $100.

June 14--Color! In this class, we will introduce color! Working on what we explored in the first class, or working from your own experience we will use add a few colors to our compositions, building and creating again with limited materials for maximum creativity.  This class alone is $35 or you can take all 3 classes for $100.

June 21--Ink! I find inks are a great way to get a variety of line and wash, with the saturation and definition of a hard line. We will bust our the ink bottles and and brushes,and maybe even experiment with pen nibs Again, you will be able to build upon what we have tried in other classes or take this class on its own to experiment with an unfamiliar medium.  This class alone is $45 or $100 if you sign up for all three. 

You may attend one class or all three.  All materials will be provided, and if you sign up for all three classes at once, you will receive a sketchbook to keep! 

Classes are held on three consecutive Wednesday nights, June 7, 14 and 21 from 6:30 until 8:30 pm at Blackbird Letterpress, 1607 S.Main St Baton Rouge and are taught by Blackbird printer, Hope.

Space is limited. Sign up here to reserve your space.

Longstitch Bookbinding
Jun
10
12:00 pm12:00

Longstitch Bookbinding

  • Blackbird Letterpress

In this class you'll learn step-by-step how to bind your own softcover book - perfect for use as a journal or sketchbook. You'll learn how to gather and fold pages, sew to a leather or cloth cover material, and add a tie or button closure.  All materials are included, and all skill levels are welcome.

This class is $70 which includes all materials and is lead by Rebecca, a printer and designer at Blackbird. 

Registration and prepayment is required. Sign up online here

Paste Paper--a decorative paper technique
Jun
24
12:00 pm12:00

Paste Paper--a decorative paper technique

  • Blackbird Letterpress

Invented by 16th century nuns, paste paper is an historical method of making decorative paper by hand. A mixture of pigment, wheat paste and water is moved across the surface of paper to create different patterns and textures. This is a fun and easy technique. Resulting papers can be used in a myriad of ways, from bookbinding to scrapbooking to collages.

This class is led by Jessica Peterson of The Southern Letterpress.  All materials are included with the $60  registation. Prepayment is required. Sign up online here.

 

Printshop Social: Print Your Own Banner
Jul
14
7:00 pm19:00

Printshop Social: Print Your Own Banner

  • Blackbird Letterpress

Our monthly shop letterpress social! On the 2nd Friday of the month, join us for refreshments and a fun crafty project lead by someone from our shop. Great event for couples, friends, colleagues, or solo.

This month, join Hope in making a banner to celebrate the hot and humid summer days! We will print letters, cut them on one of our antique presses, and string them up with plenty of opportunities to embellish. Welcome a new baby home, celebrate a birthday or brighten up a room with a custom paper banner.

This class is $15 and includes all materials and refreshments. Registation and prepayment is required. Sign up online here!.

Say it Loud!
Jul
15
12:00 pm12:00

Say it Loud!

  • Blackbird Letterpress

"Freedom of the press is only guaranteed to those who own one."

Before letterpress was Martha Stewart's choice for wedding invitations, it was used as a way to share information. With a printing press and moveable type, you could say anything and share it, in physical form and send it out to the masses. Like a letterpress printed tweet!

Learn about letterpress and handsetting wood and lead type in while making a broadside poster with Hope. Together we will plan a design, set it, print and take home a few prints each.  All materials are included.

Class is $50. Registration and pre-payment is required. Sign up here!

Bookbinding: Coptic Binding
Jul
29
10:00 am10:00

Bookbinding: Coptic Binding

  • blackbird letterpress

In this class you will learn the basics of coptic binding, gathering and sewing pages into a hard cover book, taught by Kathryn Hunter. Each student will get to choose a vintage book cover for their book from our collection, or bring your own vintage cover. Your book can either have blank pages or use our preprinted datebook pages. Small enough to fit in your bag, large enough for sketching. Coptic binding is a beautiful bookbinding method using a hard cover with visible sewing along the spine, AND it opens flat for easy use. Registration and pre-payment is required. Saturday July 29 10am-3pm.

Printshop Social: Pop-Ups!
Aug
11
7:00 pm19:00

Printshop Social: Pop-Ups!

  • Blackbird Letterpress

Our monthly shop letterpress social! On the 2nd Friday of the month, join us for refreshments and a fun crafty project lead by someone from our shop. Great event for couples, friends, colleagues, or solo.

This month, Rebecca will demonstrate some basic techniques for designing pop-up books and cards. We'll print from our collection of type and metal and linoleum images to customize our poppin' creations. All materials provided.

This class is $15 and includes all materials and refreshments. Registation and prepayment is required. Sign up online 

Printshop Social: Pamphlet Stitch
Sep
8
7:00 pm19:00

Printshop Social: Pamphlet Stitch

  • Blackbird Letterpress

Our monthly shop letterpress social! On the 2nd Friday of the month, join us for refreshments and a fun crafty project lead by someone from our shop. Great event for couples, friends, colleagues, or solo.

Hey, put down that expensive moleskin notebook! You won’t need it anymore after this workshop because you’ll be making your own BETTER THAN MOLESKIN books. We’ll focus on the pamphlet structure, a fundamental part of bookbinding. We’ll explore how to use reclaimed and recycled materials for covers and innards.  Jessica Peterson of The Southern Letterpress is coming up from New Orleans to show us how its done.

This class is $15 and includes all materials and refreshments. Registation and prepayment is required. Sign up online here!.


Western Case Bookbinding
Apr
22
10:00 am10:00

Western Case Bookbinding

  • Blackbird Letterpress

In this class you'll learn step-by-step how to bind your own hardcover book - perfect for use as a journal or sketchbook. You'll learn how to gather and sew pages, measure and build a hard-spine case, and customize and decorate with a cover inset (bring your own photo or print!), place-keeping ribbon, and headband. You may bring your own decorative paper to personalize your creation, or choose from the assortment we'll provide. All materials are included, and all skill levels are welcome.

This class is $95 which includes all materials and is lead by Rebecca, a printer and designer at Blackbird. 

Registration and prepayment is required. Sign up online here

 

Printshop Social: Letterpress Coasters
Apr
14
7:00 pm19:00

Printshop Social: Letterpress Coasters

  • Blackbird Letterpress

Our monthly shop letterpress social! On the 2nd Friday of the month, join us for refreshments and a fun crafty project lead by someone from our shop. Great event for couples, friends, colleagues, or solo.

This month, join Becca for a night of printing coasters on a platen letterpress! She'll go over basic techniques of platen letterpress printing and hand setting type. Each student will be able to print their own set of coasters. All materials and refreshments are included.

This class is $15 and includes all materials and refreshments. Registation and prepayment is required. Sign up online here!.

Intro to Letterpress
Mar
25
10:00 am10:00

Intro to Letterpress

  • Blackbird Letterpress

Introduction to Letterpress printing. Join Instructor Kathryn Hunter (owner of Blackbird Letterpress) in the printshop to learn the basics of the letterpress printing process. We'll cover hand setting type, mixing ink, makeready, and printing on a cylinder press and a platen press. We will discuss printing various forms: relief (lino cuts), hand set type, and photo polymer plates. Each student will be able to get on the press and take home pieces printed in class.

This class is $125, registration and prepayment is required in advance. All materials are provided. Space is limited to 6 students. 

Sign up for this class here!

Re-introduction to Letterwriting
Mar
11
12:00 pm12:00

Re-introduction to Letterwriting

  • Blackbird Letterpress

Do you have a box of favorite letters in your closet? Do you have a box of favorite emails?

Reinvigorate your interest in letter writing! First we will use the press to print lined paper for writing. Next, using found materials, we will learn to make a simple one-piece stationery that can be folded and mailed without an envelope. You will receive a template that can be followed strictly if you like instructions, or mostly disregarded if you don't like following rules. The goal is to create stationery that will inspire while offering ourselves a chance to slow down a little in our communications. 

This class is $50, which includes all materials, and is lead by Hope, a studio assistant and printer here at Blackbird. Registration and pre-payment is required. Sign up online here!

 

Printshop Social: Instant Zine
Mar
10
7:00 pm19:00

Printshop Social: Instant Zine

  • Blackbird Letterpress

Our monthly shop letterpress social! On the 2nd Friday of the month, join us for refreshments and a fun crafty project lead by someone from our shop. Great event for couples, friends, colleagues, or solo.

This month, our press operator and zine enthusiast Hope will show you how to make a zine from one piece of paper. We will print from our collection of metal and linoleum images, and fold it into a tiny instant zine you can take home. All materials provided.  

Class is $15. Registration and pre-payment is required Sign up online here!

Calligraphy with Margaret Corley
Mar
9
6:30 pm18:30

Calligraphy with Margaret Corley

  • Blackbird Letterpress

Learn modern calligraphy with Margaret Corley or Proper Prints.

The class is hands on and personal! You will learn the basics of the dip pen and the lowercase alphabet in modern calligraphy. We will also cover different types of supplies and where to purchase them. The beginner’s class is $125 and all supplies are included in class cost. Class is Thursday night, March 9, 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Registration and prepayment is required. Sign up online here

Beginner’s Class Supplies, you’ll get:
1 Pen Staff
2 Nibs
Black Ink
Custom Alphabet
Practice Pad

Read more about Margaret:
http://www.properprintspaper.com/
http://www.thecuriouscalligrapher.com/

Printshop Social: Matchbook Notebooks
Feb
10
7:00 pm19:00

Printshop Social: Matchbook Notebooks

  • Blackbird Letterpress

The first of our monthly shop letterpress social! On the 2nd Friday of the month, join us for refreshments and a fun crafty project lead by someone from our shop. Great event for couples, friends, colleagues, or solo.

This month Rebecca will demonstrate how to print on the C&P platen letterpress – and teach you how to sew your print into a mini pocket (or wallet) sized matchbook-style notebook. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, and enjoy some hands-on art making on our vintage equipment.

Sign up online here! This class is $15, and includes all materials and refreshments.

Love-ly Letterpress Pop-Up Cards
Feb
4
12:00 pm12:00

Love-ly Letterpress Pop-Up Cards

  • Blackbird Letterpress

In this class you’ll make your own set of 5 unique pop-up cards – just in time for Valentine’s Day, but perfect for any occasion.


First, learn the basics of letterpress printing on the Vandercook SP-15 cylinder press to print the outside of your cards. Then, learn a variety of pop-up techniques to make the inside of your cards tons of fun and completely one-of-a-kind.

The cost for this class is $60, includes all materials  and Rebecca  printer at designer at Blackbird, is your guide for this handmade journey.

Sign up online here!