Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Career day at MCA

 This is a primo opportunity for students to meet with professionals in our community for part- and full-time job and/or internship opportunities, as well as receive feedback about their work. Here are a few of the organizations relevant to fine arts students that will be in attendance:

Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Brooks Museum
Make a Wish
Roy Tamboli
Community LIFT
Jim Kiihnl Photography
Chip Pankey Photography
The Palladio Group/Gallery 56
Shelby County Schools

Please encourage all May and Dec. 2014 graduates to register. I need students' registrations asap because of the set up of the fair---the employers/orgs will get their info early next week and students will get the employers/orgs' info early next week so each can prepare for the event. 

Following is the registration link so you can forward to them with your encouragement:

As always, thank you for your support!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring has sprung and much excitement is on the horizon for Akua. We have had quite a year so far and we are not slowing down anytime soon. From producing a new Akua Printshop YouTube video, hosting workshops at our Brooklyn Studio, kicking off of the Artist Demo Pilot Program and planning a New York Gallery Exhibition, we have packed in quite a bit over the past few months. 

In this newsletter, we highlight Drypoint Printmaking. If you love to draw, doodle or make marks this may be the process for you.  Drypoint involves scratching into the surface of the printing plate with tools which may be as easy to use as pens and pencils. It's "almost" that simple. You can learn how by watching our new video, "Drypoint Printmaking Up Close", where I demonstrate creating a drypoint print from start to finish. For further instructions please consider participating in a hands-on workshop at my Brooklyn Studio. 

It has been a pleasure for me to see so many printmakers doing amazing things with Akua during our search for demo artists for the Akua Demo Artist Pilot Program.
The decision was not easy to make as we were able to choose only 11 throughout the USA and Canada.  
Akua Demo Artists were selected based on their talent, Akua working knowledge, teaching and technical experience as well as the location in which they reside. The purpose of this program is to answer the needs of our retailers to hold demos at local art supply stores. Our goal is to expand the program in the future, so we would encourage anyone who is interested to stay connected for new opportunities.
We have many exciting events on the horizon and are always planning ways to build upon the strengths we have as a printmaking community. We love to hear from printmakers, so please share your ideas and consider posting your images on our Akua Facebook page.
Have a great spring, and I hope to see you at the opening of the "Pushing The Limits" exhibition at Central Booking OffLINE Gallery in New York City, May 14 - June 8. More details about the exhibition will be included in an upcoming announcement. 

Susan Rostow
Inventor of Akua Inks & Products

Drypoint Printmaking Up Close with Akua Inks
Drypoint Printmaking Up Close with Akua Inks

See up close how a drypoint plate is created and printed. Using a variety of drypoint tools, Susan Rostow, Inventor of Akua Inks, creates her image on an Akua Printmaking Plate. The image is then printed using Akua IntaglioTM Inks and Wiping Fabric. Discover how these unique tools set drypoint apart from other printmaking techniques.
Susan Rostow at Wet Paint Art Supply in St. Paul, MN

The Akua Demo Artist Program is comprised of working artists/printmakers across a rage of techniques who possess extensive knowledge of Akua Inks and products. While each of our artist's employ their own distinct styles and specific techniques in which they specialize, there is one element that remains constant-- each are able to create prints with Akua Inks, which reflect the quality and unlimited potential found within each of the products within our IntaglioTM and Liquid PigmentTM lines.

Akua Inks
Speedball Art

Monday, April 7, 2014


Friends of Froggy:

There?s only one week left to register for Frogman?s 2014 Print Workshop, so don?t miss out on your chance to learn from the best and join in the fun!

See ya this summer!


Jeremy Menard, Director
Frogman's Print Workshops
829 Timbercrest Drive
Council Bluffs, IA  51503
(712) 352-2423 / (605) 310-6548 (Cell)
International Programs
Fabriano, Italy
June 11-June 26, 2014
Class size: 10

New Deadline: April 12, 2014

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center sponsors “Paper, Print and Book,” an intensive 2 week workshop led by artist Lynn Sures in conjunction with Giorgio Pellegrini of the Museum of Paper and Watermark, Fabriano, Italy. The course offers:
  • Papermaking in the tradition of the Italians, including line and chiaroscuro watermarks, will be offered with master papermaker Luigi Mecella in the museum papermill.
  • Traditional Italian bookbinding with master bookbinder Giuseppe Baldinelli.
  • Traditional intaglio techniques by Roberto Stelluti, celebrated local etcher represented in the collection of the Uffizi in Florence, in his studio.
  • Trips to Assisi plus other excursions
COST: $3,000.00, which includes tuition and most art materials, hotel with full breakfast in the historic center, transportation on most field trips, and more--does not include roundtrip transportationfrom the US to Fabriano or Rome, or travel insurance. One night’s stay in Rome is covered if held on the final night of the course .

Participation in this trip includes considerable physical demands, including walking extensively in steep hill towns, and often physical exertion and stamina can be required in the classwork itself.

Questions?  Want to sign up? Contact Jose at  

Saturday, April 5, 2014

2nd International Artist's Book Competition
· Lía 2014 · 

Deadline : July 15, 2014
Prize: $50,000 pesos MXN + SURPRISE 
Read more at :

                                  Write us at :
 50 books will be selected to participate in
an exhibition in November 2014.

Members of the jury: 
Alex Dorfsman (Mexico)
Peter Rutledge Koch (U.S.A)
Martha Hellion 
León Plascencia Ñol (Mexico)

Each artist may enter up to three book projects.



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Summer 2014
Santa Fe Workshops
Studio Location
7506 A Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
(505) 780-0920

Please take a look at the calendar of workshops and pick your excuse to come to Santa Fe. then simply plan your trip.

Want to wonder the entire site? Start

For more individual workshop information and pricing please click the instructor's name for each workshop below. You can register by visiting the web site, by mail or email.  Policies regarding registration and refunds click here.
2014 Summer Calendar
pick one, pick two!

Something Old Something New 
May 26-30
Beyond Monotype 
June 2-6, 2014
Don Messec
Direct to Plate Photopolymer Gravure 
June 9-13, 2014
Jon Cone
The New Piezography
June 16-20, 2014
Dan Welden
June 23-27, 2014
Jeff Sippel/Don Messec
Alternative and Waterless Litho
June 30-July 4, 2014
Direct to Plate Photopolymer Gravure 
July 7-11, 2014
Lennox Dunbar
Painted Intaglio - Collagraph
July 14-18, 2014
Contemporary Intaglio Printmaking
July 21-25, 2014
Multi-color, Multi-plate ImagOn
July 24-27, 2014
Dynamic Process: Exploring the Limits
July 28-August 1, 2014
Dynamic Process: Exploring the Limits
August 3-7, 2014

Direct to Plate on Vancouver Island
Victoria, BC 
August 11-15, 2014
Daniel Smith Artists Materials

Akua Liquid Pigment and Akua Intaglio are compatible
Akua Liquid Pigment can be mixed into Akua Intaglio Inks or Transparent Base to create various new colors for intaglio or relief techniques. Akua Liquid Pigment can also be printed on top or beneath Akua Intaglio inks for multi-plate overlays.
Akua Intaglio is a water based ink made with the highest quality gum binders and light fast pigments. Wiping the plate with water based ink is quicker than oil based ink so less wiping pressure is advised. This ink does not skin and cleans up easily with soap and water.
Professional printmaker, Susan Rostow, created Akua Intaglio™ and Liquid Pigment™ Inks to deliver brilliant colors, intense blacks and unmatched working properties. At a terrific savings to the consumer, The Akua Starter Set provides artists with an economical introduction to these highly pigmented, professional quality inks and allows them to experience the unique and limitless possibilities of creating with Akua.
Akua Intaglio Water-Based Inks, 8oz cans $15.67 - $20.89
Akua Fluid Water-Based Monotype Ink, $10.25 - $15.19
Akua Printmaking Starter SetOnly $29.99