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Artists who love what they do areinfectious: They motivate the rest of usto give creativity a shot.Just talk with Christine Schmidt,who fairly gushes about herprintmaking efforts, both in a phoneinterview and in the pages of “PrintWorkshop: Hand-printing Techniques &Truly Original Projects” (Potter Craft,2010).“I have the enviable luxury of printing all day long,” writes the SanFrancisco-based artist in her book’sintroduction. “Second to the thrill of creating work, I like sharing my tricksand discoveries.”Schmidt, who says she prints “forlove and for a living,” shares many of her trade secrets in “Print Workshop.”The ideas run the gamut from thesimple and familiar — pinprick stationery — to the more complicatedand newfangled, such as her forest wallmural. In between, there are imagetransfer how-to’s, sun printing,stenciling, and the basics of stampmaking and stationery stamping.“There are so many books that arereally pretty, but I wanted this to be ahardworking thing,” says Schmidt, 32.She included projects that can bedone in a jiffy — block printing with cutpotatoes, anyone? — to those that take abit more time and attention — the imagetransfers and wall mural come to mind.Through it all, there’s the love of thecreative process.Schmidt’s online store,Yellow OwlWorkshop, is a funny hodgepodge of herhandmade fancies, a limited collectionof stationery, jewelry and ceramics. Herstudio has a similar vibe and is filledwith more than eclectic artwork:Schmidt’s husband and friends help outin there. By day, husband Evan Gross,33, is a deputy city attorney working inaffordable housing. Evenings andweekends he may be assembling thestamp sets, which is tedious work, orhandling the business’ finances.“If by spending a little bit of my freetime making stamps or doing boringstuff — checking on orders — if thatallows her to continue to do (the creativepart), then it’s totally worth it,” saysGross.Schmidt advises novices not to gettoo picky with the hand-printingprocess. Imperfections add personality.A smear or drip bears witness to apiece’s originality.“I think once people lose the ideathat everything has to be perfectlooking, it’s so much less stressful andmore fun,” Schmidt says. “The moreyou do it, the better you get. It’s prettyremarkable what you can do.”The book includes a source list forhard-to-find paper and printing supplies,and templates for copying Schmidt’sideas.The following project is adaptedfrom “Print Workshop.”
Your very own stationery
Your own artworkPencil5-by-5-inch rubber block (Schmidt usesa Speedball Speedy Carve block)Bone folder (simple tool often madefrom plastic)
Inspiration lends a handin hand-printing projects
This photo courtesy of Douglas Adesko/Potter Craft shows a stamp designfrom the book “Print Workshop: Hand-printing Techniques & Truly OriginalProjects,” by Christine Schmidt. Schmidt shares many of her trade secrets in“Print Workshop.” The ideas run the gamut from the simple and familiar —pinprick stationery — to the more complicated and newfangled, such as herforest wall mural. In between, there are image transfer how-to’s, sunprinting, stenciling, and the basics of stamp making and stationery stamping.