Billboards, Beer Coasters, Sweet Hearts and Smart Cookies… The Year’s Most Delightful Newsletter!

September 28, 2011 Leave a comment
Deborah Maris Lader

Deborah in one of her more somber moments

We received this newsletter the other day from Deborah Maris Lader of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, surely the most delightful we’ve received this year. Take a look at it and see if you don’t agree.

Besides being a fine printmaker (look at the images in the newsletter) and studio head, for the past two decades Deborah has formed part of a contemporary folk group called Sons of the Never Wrong. They’re currently working on a project called Church of the Never Wrong. That should be interesting.

Does Deborah look Wacky? She is. She’s also a Sweet Heart and a Smart Cookie. We’re fans.

Memoirs from a Cold UTOPIA

September 5, 2011 Leave a comment

I just received a note from John Phillips of the london print studio with a link to this wonderful catalog of an upcoming exhibit there. You will love the Lego concentration camp.

It’s Now Easier Than Ever to Access My Printmaking Master Classes

September 3, 2011 3 comments

Maureen Booth

Want to Take Your Prints to the Next Level?

My Printmaking Master Classes series of printmaking instruction videos are now easier to access than ever. You can see trailers of all of them here below. I’m convinced that these videos will help you and thousands of other printmakers to take both their plates and their prints to the next level of expertise.

.Start Your Selection and Purchasing Process Here

Here below are the preview videos of my seven Printmaking Master Classes. To purchase the full version of any one of them just click on the Pay with PayPal button below the preview. You can select more than one. (Note: You don’t need a PayPal account. This system also permits you to pay with your credit or debit card.) As soon as we receive payment we will send you a link to your video(s) on YouTube.  (You will note that we are now required to quote prices in euros instead of dollars. A euro is approximately $1.11.) Thanks for considering these learning videos. We’ve put a lot of love into them. I’d love to hear your reactions. Please send them to me here: maureenluciabooth(at)


Preview of “Printmaking Tips” Video

Maureen presents a series of useful tips to make your studio a more pleasant and profitable place to work.  Length: 24:32  Price: €15.00

Claudio painting with his Nana

Maureen’s “Printmaking Tips” Video

Maureen presents a series of useful tips to make your studio a more pleasant and profitable place to work. She discusses press care, safety measures, deckle edges, solar-plate tips, tarlatan economy and much more. Putting all these tips into practice will make a significant improvement in your day-to-day working processes.




Preview of “Traditional Printmaking 2″ Video

This video picks up where Traditional Printmaking 1 leaves off. Length: 26:58
Price: €18.00

“Traditional Printmaking 2” Master Class

This master class picks up where Traditional Printmaking 1 leaves off. It deals with aquatint, sugar lift and marbling. An artist who masters the techniques that Maureen explains on the two Traditional Printmaking videos should be able to produce exhibition-quality acid etchings.




Preview of Liquid Metal Printmaking Video

This is a curious technique which uses a plumbers’ epoxy adhesive to create wonderful relief plates.  Video includes creating plate and creative printing techniques, including a ghost print.  Length:  27:36  Price: €15.00.

“Liquid Metal Printmaking” Video

This technique takes everyone by surprise in the most delightful ways. Using it you can create an incredibly nuanced, multi-color relief print on a single plate and with a single pass through the etching press. It has to be seen to be believed. When a printmaker sees one of these prints the question is always the same: How did you do that?




Preview of “Creative Printing” Video

How many of your plates have seen their perfect print? This video will give you a fresh take on printing. Includes lots of different ways to print copper, zinc and solar plates with chine collé, rainbow roll-ups, and reserves. How to achieve a multi-color, multi-level print from a single plate.  Length: 22:38  Price: €15.00

Maureen’s “Creative Printing” Video

A printmaker brought me a couple of plates recently, asking me what she could do to improve them. I suggested we pull a few prints in order to see just what was on the plates. We finished the following afternoon with a series of exhibition-quality prints, without making any changes to the plates. That’s creative printing.




Preview of “Making a Chop” Video

Do all of your final prints bear your chop? Maybe you need Maureen to show you how to make and use one. Your chop lends charm, authenticity and your own personal “logo” to every print.  Length: 13:41 Price: €9.50

Maureen Booth Printmaster

Maureen’s “Making a Chop” Video

A chop–that little relieve image embossed white-on-white at the bottom of your print–adds such a note of class to your work, and it’s not difficult to create.




Preview of “Solar Plate Printmaking” Video

This video has Maureen’s personal take on how to make better solar-plate prints. The secrets are in the original. Includes cutting and preparing plates, making negative relief and positive intaglio plates, printing tips and care of plates.   Length: 24:50  Price: €15.00

Cathy Naro, Maureen Booth

Maureen’s “Solar Plate Printmaking” Master Class

Solar plate has an undeservedly bad reputation. That’s because too many solar-plate prints look like simple bad photocopies. Excellence in solar-plate printmaking requires precisión every step of the way, with closest attention to the acetate. In this video Maureen shows how.




Preview of “Traditional Printmaking 1″ Master Class.

This video covers best practices in hard-ground and soft-ground acid etching. Traditional Printmaking 2 (coming soon) will deal with aquatint, sugar lift and marbling. Includes soft-ground recipe, and printing with reserves. Video presents a succession of state proofs for the techniques. Length: 31:04  Price: €15.00

Lou Netter and Maureen Booth working together in her studio

Maureeen’s “Traditional Printmaking 1” Master Class

Maureen goes over the basics of acid etching on copper or zinc plates. This is where the magic begins and if you don’t get it right now you’ll never get it right.



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Lorna Burden Publishes Her Granada Solar Plate Experience in Australia

July 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Lorna Burden's article on solar-plate printmaking with Maureen

Maureen and Lorna, going over the solar-plate prints she made in Granada.Lorna Burden, the Australian printmaker and art student, who was here working with me in the month of March, has published an account of her experience in On the Edge, a new magazine “a collaborative effort of the Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development Students of NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of Technical and Further Education.“) The content ranges from original art to art-travel experiences, essays and music commentary.

Lorna’s article is very generous, both with me and with the solar-plate printmaking process, which she took to like a duck to a goldfish bowl. Though she was only here for three days, en route to England to visit family, she took home a portfolio of  lovely solar-plate prints with which she took some delight in surprising her fellow NMIT students. She’s promised to come back next year for a longer stay. We’ll see if we can conjure up some more surprises.

What Printmakers Need and What They Want

June 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Filming Printmaking Master Classes in Maureen Booth's Granada StudioI’ve been doing printmaking master classes in my studio since the late 80’s. Over that time I’ve a learned a lot about what most printmakers need–and perhaps more importantly–what they want (with a nod to Bob Dylan: “She knows what you need, but I know what you want…”) To sum it up briefly, printmakers need to dominate the basics and pay attention to detail. Once they have these factors under control they can let their creative juices flow. To do so earlier often leaves artists adrift for the rest of their printmaking lives. It’s like any other activity you want to take seriously. There’s no substitute for good coaching in the beginning. Read more…

Chicago Girlz Hit Granada Like a Whirlwind

June 19, 2011 Leave a comment

"The Chicago Girlz" in Maureen Booth's studio in GranadaThe Chicago Girlz (our affectionate nickname), an extraordinary trio of printmakers made up of Deborah Lader, founder and director of The Chicago Printmakers Collective, her mother Carol Lader and Carol’s sister (Deborah’s aunt) Janet Imerman, have set new benchmarks for printmaking zeal in my studio. These remarkable young people stepped off the Chicago-Granada flight (Janet was actually coming straight through from Los Angeles) at midday last Monday, put down their bags in the Gallinero, rested for a whole hour and then proceeded to my studio to begin making prints. Read more…

There Are Beautiful Accidents

June 14, 2011 Leave a comment
Juan Carlos Romera

Video producer and friend, Juan Carlos Romera, working on my master-class videos.

I Was an Innocent Bystander!
Believe it or not, this printmaking-video-download initiative came to me as a surprise. We’ve been friends with video producer Juan Carlos Romera for 12 or 15 years. He and I met literally accidentally, as I bumped into the back of his car with my motor scooter. Now it’s as if Juan Carlos, his wife María José and their two children have been in our family forever. Read more…