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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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The Studio's New Press

Now that the whirl of summer is coming to an end Alison and I finally had a chance to test out The Studio's new Speedball Printmaster's Press. We've been looking for a printing press over the years but most presses are heavy, take up a lot of floor space and can be very expensive. 

I was excited when I saw the Speedball model because it attaches to any table top with C-clamps and can accommodate fairly large sized prints (12 x24 size bed). The best part is it's small enough that I can stash it away on a shelf in our office until we need it for a workshop. I'm happy to say that we setup this press in a couple minutes and started cranking out prints in no time!

Alison and I experimented with plates made of mat board, foam core, Plexiglas and Safety-Kut and inked them with Speedball Water-Soluble Block Printing Ink. We did not use press blankets. If you wanted to print with wooden blocks or metal plates I would recommend using blankets to protect the press from cuts and scratches. We're really excited to start using the new press in upcoming Studio workshops. For more information about Classes for Children at The Carle, click here. For more information about Workshops for Adults and Professionals at The Carle, click here.



We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we’re excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment: 

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials. 



by Diana MacKenzie

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This entry was posted on Monday, August 29th, 2011 at 2:34 pm and is filed under By Meghan Burch, Our Favorite Materials, Printmaking. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.


Tuesday, August 8, 2011 - 3:33 pm
Amy, we wish you were closer too! Don't fret, I'll be posting later this week showing you how to make fun little prints on a tight budget right at home! Stay tuned....
Wednesday, August 8, 2011 - 4:04 pm
Looks really fun!! I want to try it out..... I need to move closer....
Tuesday, August 8, 2011 - 3:14 pm
Oh, I'm so jealous! That's still way outside my regular-person budget, and we live way too far to come to classes. It looks like SO much fun!! Enjoy!

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