Exposing Rhythms

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It’s a new year at Ragged Edge Printmaking Studio.   We have new studio partners and new energy.  We have been having open studio sessions and looking for others who want to join in the fun. Watch for more scarf printing classes, or be in contact to see how you can hasten spring by making art.

Please join Fred Neudoerffer and I
at the reception for our show of monotypes and photographs, Exposing Rhythms
at The Jan Rutland  Artists’  Space
during First Friday in Ballston Spa March 1st.

I hope to share my art with you!

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Scarf Class Participants Show Off Their Creations

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15-Apr-2012 15:56, LG Electronics LGP505, 4.31mm
 
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15-Apr-2012 15:54, LG Electronics LGP505, 4.31mm
 
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15-Apr-2012 15:53, LG Electronics LGP505, 4.31mm
 
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15-Apr-2012 15:53, LG Electronics LGP505, 4.31mm
 
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23-Mar-2012 13:03, LG Electronics LGP505, 4.31mm
 
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23-Mar-2012 13:03, LG Electronics LGP505, 4.31mm
 
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Presentation at Colonie Art League

Explaining the Photopolymer Printmaking Process

Notice the wonderful small printing press

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Colonie Art League Presentation

RaggedEdge Studio was a guest presenter at the Colonie Art League last Tuesday.

Lise at the printing press

Why have a green studio?

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THIS WEEK’S OPEN STUDIO

8TH JANUARY -SUNDAY 10 am to 1pm
10TH JANUARY- TUESDAY 10am to 1pm
As a follow up to the Tuesday Cal presentation, we are exploring waterbased monotype with chine colle , you are all welcome to attend, especially CAL members

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Ragged Edge Beads: the Polymer Clay Jewelry Experience

Starting January 10, 2012 from 5:30-7, Ragged Edge Beads will be starting our polymer clay jewelry experiments. We will have four classes  followed by a make-up and hang out session.

January 10, 2012–The first class we will be learning the basics of polymer clay and talking about compatible materials and colors; cook times; adding odds and ends; clay mold use; and the final steps in a simple piece polishing and glazing.

January 24, 2012–This class will be follow by applying textures to the clay to design our beads. We be using stamps; buttons; “cookie” cutters; and more to discover the endless designs and techniques we can do with something so simple.

February 7, 2012–Our third class will be textures and layers to make beads and pendants. We will using using all the same materials as the previous class and more. I will show you how to using powders, embossing finishes; and acrylic paints to make your pieces one of a kind.

February 21, 2012–On our last class we will focus all our previous techniques, tiny designed images, and endless tools to make our own cain(pieced beads).

March 6, 2012–At our hang-out session we will have all the materials available to continue any techniques from the series. In this class we will focus on either making up a class you missed or combining your polymer creations into unique jewelry pieces.

Materials: Here is a list of the materials we will be using for the classes–I will have materials with me; but you may have your own design ideas in mind with things around your house.

  • Polymer Clay (I use sculpey)
  • Small Shape or Cookie Cutters
  • Clay Molds
  • Stamps
  • Buttons
  • Clay sculpting materials
  • Clay cutting tools
  • A variety of powders-shimmer and dimension
  • Acrylic paint
  • small paint brushes
  • Odds and Ends (small beads, watch parts, nuts and bolts, etc.)-for adding different design aspects to our pieces
  • Paper and colored pencils for designing and notes

Fees: Class-$10; Studio: $5; Materials: $5ish

This classes are for people of all ages with all different experiences. If you have any question please email, Liz LaPorte at raggededgebeads@gmail.com.

 

 

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Photopolymer Print Class: December 10-11, 2011

Below is a preview to the small group learning experience on how to turn their digital images into fine art prints using the photopolymer process at Ragged Edge Print Studio on November 11, 2011.

  • First, using Photoshop on a computer in the studio, we converted our images to grayscale and printed them on transparency material using an Epson photo printer.
  • The transparencies were then used to make an exposure test plate.
  • The test plate was processed and used to make a test print that could be viewed to determine the proper exposure for a final print plate.
  • With the proper exposure determine a final print plate was exposed and processed.
  • Once dried and hardened, the plate was used to make prints.

We hope you will join us now or in the near future for this hands-on experience.


Basement plate exposure and processing area

Tucked behind the red curtain, a plate is being exposed.


Basement plate exposure and processing area

Processed plates being force dried with a hair dryer.


Basement plate exposure and processing area

Our instructor, Colleen, teaches us about mixing ink and inking plates


Basement plate exposure and processing area

With test prints, plates and transparencies spread about, students examine a finished print

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Ragged Edge Beads: Wrapping Up With Wired-December 13, 2011

Ragged Edge Beads @ Ragged Edge Print Studio (“Like Us on Facebook”.  Facebook will also keep you posted and reminded on up coming events).

We have been combining our creativity and design to come up with some very impressive wired pendants these last couple of sessions; but how to use them in our jewelry making is the next step (If you have a pass for this class, we will instruct you in wire earrings; or you can learn the technique of the class and make the pendant later).

Below is a list of supplies that you may want to have for you in class projects. We will also have the materials on hand. The items are as follows:

  • Square Wire (21 Gauge)
  • Round Wire (18 Gauge)
  • A Variety of Pliers
  • New Toe Nail Clippers–trimming wire up close; Great Price
  • Metal Nail File – smoothing out wire edges
  • Beads (4mm6mm)
  • Ruler (Preferably Metric and English for mm)
  • Ribbons, Beads,

As beginners please don’t buy any REAL gold or sterling silver wire; most wire is copper coated in the color of choice.

If you are disappointed that you have missed some of our fun lessons, we will occasionally be hosting “Make Up Class Days.” As the head teacher of Ragged Edge Beads; I may ask my wonderful students to help guide you in these lessons. In addition to their guidance it would be my privilege to work with you as well!

If you are disappointed that you have missed some of our fun lessons, we will occasionally be hosting “Make Up Class Days.” As the head teacher of Ragged Edge Beads; I may ask my wonderful students to help guide you in these lessons. In addition to their guidance it would be my privilege to work with you as well!

Also, if you are interested in taking any of the past classes with a group of 5 or more people please contact us at raggededgebeads@gmail.com for availability.

I will be posting our courses listed in the Hudson Valley Extras in the Spring in my next blog post. The classes will be held at the Ragged Edge Print Studio, but they will provide us with the opportunity to expand our community; the plan is to do a beginner series for jewelry making; wire wrapping; and a collage of various unique projects.

Meeting dates for the Fall -Early Winter Season will be on Tuesdays from 5:00-7:30 with flexibility (contact us): 

  • December 13, 2011-Beaded/Ribbon Necklaces with Wired Pieces and Wires-S Clasps
  • December 27, 2011-Make Up Class-Anything from Past Lessons is Game-Trees of Life; Wired Bracelets; Wire Wrapped Rocks, Wire Framed Rocks; Wired Earrings; Beaded/Ribbon Necklaces with Clasps
  • Polymer Clay Series- COMING SOON

Fees:

  • Studio: $5
  • Teacher: $10 (Liz LaPorte)
  • Materials: $5 or less on average
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Ragged Edge Beads Presents: Framed Rocks and Cabachons: November 29, 2011

Ragged Edge Beads @ Ragged Edge Print Studio (“Like Us on Facebook”. Facebook will also keep you posted and reminded on up coming events).

Last year I came across the technique of what I like to call wire framing. I started framing cabachons, but realized that I enjoyed framing all sorts of treasures (e.g. agate slices, beach glass, stones alone the road. I now want to share this fun technique with you. The wonderful thing about wire wrapping stones is you can use a variety of wires; however, I will focus on using 21 square wire and 18 half round wire with you all (for more material information please see previous post or email raggededgebeads@gmail.com).

If you are disappointed that you have missed some of our fun lessons, we will occasionally be hosting “Make Up Class Days.” As the head teacher of Ragged Edge Beads; I may ask my wonderful students to help guide you in these lessons. In addition to their guidance it would be my privilege to work with you as well!

Also, if you are interested in taking any of the past classes with a group of 5 or more people please contact us at raggededgebeads@gmail.com for availability.

On a happy note, we are proud to be offering more classes through Hudson Valley in the Spring. The classes will be held at the Ragged Edge Print Studio, but they will provide us with the opportunity to expand our community!

Meeting dates for the Fall -Early Winter Season will be on Tuesdays from 5:00-7:30 with flexibility (contact us):

November 29, 2011-Framed Wire Wrapped Cabochons, Agate Slabs, and Flat Pieces

December 13, 2011-Beaded Necklaces with Wired Pieces and Wires-S Clasps

December 27, 2011-Make Up Class-Anything from Past Lessons is Game

Fees:

  • Studio: $5
  • Teacher: $10 (Liz LaPorte)
  • Materials: $5 or less on average
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Photopolymer printmaking class Sat and Sun Dec.10,11 from 10am to 2pm

Using your own digital images, you learn the different processes to create a printing plates . You’ll work with light sensitive Toyobo Printlight plates,which are photopolymer plates that are sensitive to photographic and photobased imagery, as well as direct drawing.

You will learn technical steps needed to create tonally rich photobased prints. Of course, your printing plate can be used for several editions of your image and altered to a certain extent in the process of printing.

The course fee for both days is $150 + $50 materials fee

This class will appeal to beginners to experienced photographers, painters and artists of all media.

Our teacher is Colleen Cox an experienced printmaker w an MFA from Sunya and a veteran of the ” green ” printmaking processes

For more info or to register call Lise at 817-3054 or email at lisettoch@yahoo.com

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