Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Surface Printing Workshop with Lotta Jansdotter

As my daughter and I were making our way through the maze of heavy traffic on the side streets of Los Angeles this past Saturday we laughed at the fact that we were on our way to an event that has been on our bucket list for awhile. Not only were we going to meet Lotta Jansdotter, someone we have both admired for many years, but we were going to spend 3 hours with her at a workshop learning the surface printing techniques that she’s perfected over the last 20 years. 





Surface printing workshop with Lotta Jansdotter, carving stamps

It was certainly a pinch-me moment and a most enjoyable afternoon gathered around tables with a couple dozen other surface printing enthusiasts. 

Secluded under a clear plastic canopy on a second floor balcony, we were treated to a bag full of goodies that included tools, fabric swatches, drawstring bag, tote bag and various paper goods. Lotta walked us through several techniques of printmaking. 

Surface Printing Workshop with Lotta Jansdotter

Surface printing workshop with Lotta Jansdotter | Bucketlist Event | The Line Hotel | Poketo | Los Angeles California

Goodie Bag for Surface Printing Workshop with Lotta Jansdotter

We carved potatoes with simple shapes and displayed our repeat-pattern art on the wall of windows bordering our work space. 

Surface printing workshop with Lotta Jansdotter | Bucketlist Event | The Line Hotel | Poketo | Los Angeles California

Surface printing workshop with Lotta Jansdotter | Potato Printmaking

Surface printing workshop with Lotta Jansdotter | Potato printmaking

Surface printing workshop with Lotta Jansdotter | display of potato prints

Rubber stamp carving was next. One of the techniques she shared inspired my design of a spool of thread. 


Surface printing workshop with Lotta Jansdotter | Carving Rubber Stamps | The Line Hotel | Poketo | Los Angeles California

Surface printing workshop with Lotta Jansdotter |Carving Rubber Stamps | The Line Hotel | Poketo | Los Angeles California

Surface printing workshop with Lotta Jansdotter | Bucketlist Event for MamaBleuDesigns and GreenBugMarketplace


Lastly, she shared her wisdom about stencil making. Although she loves screen printing, the process can be time consuming and expensive. With a little practice, printmaking with stencils is a great alternative. 

Surface printing workshop with Lotta Jansdotter | Stencil making | The Line Hotel | Poketo | Los Angeles California

Surface printing workshop with Lotta Jansdotter | Printmaking Art Displayed | The Line Hotel | Poketo | Los Angeles California

Surface printing workshop with Lotta Jansdotter | Supplies and Tools for Printmaking

The workshop was everything we could have imagined and Lotta was a delightful instructor!! One of my biggest take aways from the workshop is how similar I am to Lotta in that we both went to Junior College and took every art class possible. The only classes I never ventured into was printmaking. I’m not sure why but I know I would have completely enjoyed it! All those classes I took have brought me to where I am today and the same is true for her. Neither one of us ever pursued a formal art education or degree. 

I’m encouraged and I’m inspired and I hope these photos bring some inspiration into your day as well! 

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