First blog post

This is the post excerpt.

Welcome to the Summit House Press Website. Summit House Press is a full-equipped printmaking studio on Pumpkin Hill Road in Warner, NH, owned and run by Mary Mead. We offer individual and small-group instruction in a variety of printmaking processes, options for collaborative projects and small editioning services. Mead has worked primarily in printmaking over the past sixteen years, including most recently, eight years teaching at the college level. Set among gardens in the summer and surrounded by forest all year near a network of nordic ski trails,  Summit House Press offers a beautiful, quiet and creative environment in which to learn a printmaking technique or complete a printmaking project.

Warner, NH is located just 90 miles north of Boston, 20 mins north of Concord on Route 89. Warner is home to summer music festivals,  the Tory Hill Readers Series, a variety of museums and restaurants including a pub called The Local, with 45 beers, and Schoodacs Coffee and Tea with a large southern porch and open-mic Sundays. The independent bookstore in town, Mainstreet Bookends is legend for it’s author’s series throughout the year, concerts, book and toy inventory and art gallery. Warner is home to many writers, craftsman and women, and artists.


Pronto Plate at Chase’s Garage

I will have my own print-out for those taking the workshop at Chase’s Garage next weekend. Below is another concise introduction from a university blog.

For the workshop you will want to bring  a few things – crayons, fresh sharpies, several non-cellulose sponges and metal bowls. I will have extras on hand along with floor wax, India ink and the pronto plates. If you wish to work larger you can purchase pronto plates from Dick Blick. Turnaround is usually pretty quick. I will be bringing 8×11 inch plates. We will also bring Akua inks onto our plates for additional color. If you want to bring some watercolors, please do. I often head back into my pronto prints with watercolor.

If you are planning to use photographic images – we will need to transfer them onto the plate with a laser printer. I will check up on the availability of this. I will be sure to arrive early and get everything set up.

I will add posts to this Blog throughout the week. I am looking forward to sharing my expertise with all of you!


Schedule a Workshop

Pronto Plate Lithography is a technique you will want to have in your arsenal as it can reproduce a variety of images both hand-drawn and painterly, or photo-based. Pronto Plates operate on the antipathy between oil and water and are fairly simple to master and relatively inexpensive. In this workshop you will learn how to create images using simple materials such as ball point pen, acrylic floor wax, sharpie, crayon and, if desired, laser copies of photo-based imagery.* The plates can be cut and/or layered to create multi-colored prints. This is a great class for beginners and professional artists alike interested in learning a new technique. A workshop will cover basic printing, along with information about color printing and registration.
An Introduction to Pronto Plates workshop requires two work sessions (3 hours each): either two evenings or a Saturday or Sunday morning or afternoon.
Cost of the workshop: $180

To schedule a workshop please call 603-748-0992 or shoot me an email at marymead57@gmail.com

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