The artist Thomas Voorhies and his prints during our Friday midday etching session.

If you’d like to sign up for our Friday or Tuesday etching sessions, send an email to josephinepress@earthlink.net

Laguna Etching Press for sale—SOLD!

Josephine Press is selling a Laguna etching press.  Josephine Press has been in operation in Santa Monica since 1984 and has a long established reputation for selling and restoring printmaking presses.  Our master printer John Greco is skilled in the restoration and conditioning of presses.

This press is in good condition.  It has been fully cleaned and is in working condition.  The press comes with two full sets of blankets.

This press is located in LA at Washington and Fairfax.  We can help with the transportation of the press within the LA County area.  There may be an additional fee for moving.

-Laguna Etching Press

-Price $4,000

-Good condition 

-36” x 60” press bed

Model: 3660M

-Motor driven

-Takes 30”x44” sheets

-Weighs 857 pounds

-Comes with set of blankets

THIS PRESS HAS SOLD!

Josephine Press is selling a Griffin etching press.  Josephine Press has been in operation in Santa Monica since 1984 and has a long established reputation for selling and restoring printmaking presses.  Our master printer John Greco is skilled in the restoration and conditioning of presses.

Originally purchased in 1975 and located in Topanga Canyon, this press is in good condition and will be calibrated and reconditioned before it’s sold. This press will print up to a 30” x40” paper.

Comes with a full set of 3 blankets.

Asking price is $4,200, does not include delivery or crating.

Will move and help install within the LA area for an additional fee of $600

Please contact Josephine Press at josephinepress@earthlink.net if you’re interested.

 

Press specifications:

Overall Length: Fifty-five inches (55”)

Overall Width: Forty-two inches (42”)

Overall Height: Fifty-eight inches (58”)

Overall Weight: One thousand three hundred pounds approximately (1,300 lbs.)

Bed Length: Fifty-five inches (55”)

Bed Width: Thirty-two and one-half inches (32-1/2”)

Bed Thickness: One inch Benelux (1”)

Bed Height: Thirty-two inches (32”)

Bed Construction: Benelux bed with galvanized steel cover

Top Roller Length: Thirty-two and one-half inches (32-1/2”)

Top Roller Diameter: Eight and one-half inches (8-1/2”)

Top Roller Construction: The top roller is 8-1/2” extra heavy duty steel tubing. It is fabricated and has two steel inner disks that are welded for strength. The roller is machined and hard chrome plated for durability and to prevent rusting. The roller is mounted in two self-aligning ball bearing units.

Bottom Roller Length: Thirty-nine inches (39”)

Bottom Roller Diameter: Four and one-half inches (4-1/2”)

Bottom Roller Construction: The bottom roller is 4-1/2” solid steel and is mounted in self-aligning ball bearing units. These bearings, chosen for their durability, are maintenance free.

Frame: Steel tubing .188 inches bolted and welded

Drive System: The ease of hand cranking under any pressure is obtained by our superior gear reduction system that is enclosed in a custom cast aluminum gear guard. The bottom roller is four and one-half inches (4-1/2”) solid steel turning in heavy-duty, self-aligning ball bearings that are pre-lubed and sealed. Gear reduction is by a chain with a 1 to 7 gear reduction to the 4-1/2” bottom roller.

Finish: Automotive type  finish

Bed Safety Stops: We have two aluminum safety stops on either end of the bed.

John Greco and Stas Orlovski at their recent artist talk in support of their show, The Press is My Paintbrush.

THIS PRESS IS SOLD!

Sturgis Etching Press, 28” x 48” press bed

Josephine Press is selling a Sturgis etching press.  Josephine Press has been in operation in Santa Monica since 1984 and has a long established reputation for selling and restoring printmaking presses.  Our master printer John Greco is skilled in the restoration and conditioning of presses.

 We have a Sturgis 1904 Press that we’ve refurbished.  It’s solid cast iron and steel, has a book press below the printing surface, and a 28” x 48” press bed.  It’s a solid workhorse press. 

Please contact Josephinepress@earthlink.net with any interest

Sturgis Etching presses have a solid history of performance and ease of use.

This press is located in Santa Monica, CA.  We can help with the transportation of the press within the LA County area for an approximately $500 additional fee.  Otherwise, any transportation (such as skidding, forklifting, moving, disassembly, etc) is the responsibility of the buyer. 

Without the press bed, the narrowest point of the frame is 31 inches, so it can be moved through normal doorways.

Shipping weight is approximately 1450 pounds.

We’re asking $2,700 for it.

-Very good condition

-28” x 48” x 1” press bed

-Takes 22” x 30” sheets

-Equipped with book press, 29” x 20”

-Comes with complete set of blankets

Printing Pressure Systems:

The drive is on the lower roller, which allows easy adaptability for soft ground work.

The press has a 28 x 48” steel bedplate and 6” solid steel upper roller. Lower roller 10” diameter.

Planetary drive allows ease of use, with approximately 8:1 gear reduction. This press may be used for intaglio, relief, paper plate lithography or monoprinting.

Over dimensions, not skidded: 40 x 48”

THIS PRESS IS SOLD!

Josephine Press is selling a Takach etching press.  Josephine Press has been in operation in Santa Monica since 1984 and has a long established reputation for selling and restoring printmaking presses.  Our master printer John Greco is skilled in the restoration and conditioning of presses.

This table top Takach press is the perfect size for a home studio.  The major details are as follows:

-24” x 48” press bed

-Starwheel handle

-Weighs 330 lbs

-Comes with sturdy wooden butcher’s block table

-Comes with complete set of blankets

-Appropriate for printing intaglio, relief, monoprint, and some forms of lithography.

-Great condition

-Can accommodate 22” x 30” sheets

We’re asking $3,100 for the press, the price new is $5,100.  We can deliver within the LA area for an additional fee.  This press is located in Santa Monica, CA.

Please contact Josephine Press at josephinepress@earthlink.net or (310) 453-1691

The opening reception for “The Press is My Paintbrush” at LA Print Space Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. 

This exhibit showcased two print studios, Josephine Press and El Nopal Press, and their respective master printers, John Greco and Francesco Siqueiros.  Artwork of the master printers’ was hung alongside the artwork they assisted in creating with their artists.

Rutherford offset lithography press. $6,500 OBO
Appropriate for printing offset litho using aluminum plates, letterpress, monoprints, woodcuts, etc.
This press is in good condition, has a functioning and well maintained motor, and a hand roll up functionality. A great variety of supplies are included (see pictures), essentially all the artist would need to start creating fine art prints.
Weighs approximately 4,000 pounds, and measures 9 feet by 4 feet (5 feet with motor attached)
This press is located in San Diego. Buyer arranges for pick up

The press is my paint brush

LA PRINT SPACE of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society

Exhibition: January 31st – March 8th

Opening reception January 31st, 2014 5:00PM to 8:30PM

LA Print Space presents a selection of prints from Francesco Siqueiros of El Nopal Press and John Greco of Josephine Press, master printers who are also artists in their own right, using collaboration and experimentation in all their projects. The press is my paint brush, is an exploration of how the process from both these workshops, is focused on unique images and often unconventional approaches to the collaborative process of making prints from conception to final proof.

Images: Ritual Nature, monoprint, and Temptation, etching, both by John Greco

White Line Woodblock Printmaking, Taught by Joseph Vorgity

February 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th

Beginning level to advanced

White line woodblock printmaking is a cousin of Japanese woodblock printmaking, or Moku Hanga.  It was invented in Provincetown 1915 and is done entirely by hand, without a press.  White line uses a single matrix, a block of wood, and a variety of watercolors to create a complex and varietoned print.  The inking and printing of the image is an involved and creative process where the artist lays down individual color areas and prints by hand using a wooden spoon.    Each print is done in its entirety, one at a time, and so a variety of images can be made with one block if the artist prefers.  Many admirers of the technique observe that the blocks are exquisite works of art on their own.


Schedule:
Saturday, February 8th 11am-4pm
Sunday, February 9th 11am-4pm
Saturday, February 15th 11am-4pm
Sunday, February 16th 11am-4pm

Participating artists should have some familiarity with watercolor techniques.  No prior woodcut experience is necessary, and this class is appropriate for a range of experience levels in printmaking, from beginner to advanced.

Students will learn how to make a Provincetown white line woodblock print, gradation inking effect, handprinting with watercolor inks, proper cutting procedure, knife sharpening, proper color separation for a white line print.  This class is entirely non toxic.


Capacity of 8 students, minimum of 4.  $300 tuition, $15 materials fee

To sign up for this class and make a deposit, please email Josephinepress@earthlink.net