Resources for Printmakers
Tamarind fosters collaborative printmaking and the preservation of fine art lithography through educational programs, online tutorials, directories, research, and other resources for printmakers.
Apprentice Printer Research
Each Tamarind Apprentice Printer is required to complete a research project before recieving the Tamarind Master Printer Certification (TMP). These papers are intended to serve as a resource for students and practioners of collaborative lithography.
Alyssa Ebinger (Tamarind Apprentice Printer 2020-2021) tested various inks, pigments and processes to understand the viability of lithographically printing ceramic decals. In the end, she concluded that it is possible to lithographically print decals on ceramic waterslide paper using a tint base/litho varnish ink mixture, dust it with a pigment/frit mixture, and fire it at low temperatures; thus creating an entirely new piece or work that keeps identifiable qualities that are trademarks of ceramics and lithography.
Tamarind Research: False Transfer Method: Non-Printable & Non-Interfering Matrix-to-Matrix Transfers for Multi-Run Registration in Traditional Stone and Plate Lithography by Perry Obee
Perry Obee (Tamarind Apprentice Printer 2019-2020) researched false transfers, a transfer technique that allows a design from one matrix to be transferred to another as a non-grease receptive (ie non-printing) transfer. This gives the artist the ability to draw directly on top of a previous design while knowing exactly how the new layer will register.
Tamarind Research: Photoplate Lithography Additive Mark Making: An Alternative Approach by Mike Feijen
Mike Feijen (Tamarind Apprentice Printer, 2019-2020) chose to research the addition and deletion of drawing materials on photolithography plates post-processing. His research explores a process of transforming a plate into a shellac base, and uncovers some new procedures, and the ability to reuse the photo plate.
Christine Adams (TMP 2019) presents an overview of Tamarind’s history of admitting women printers into its Printer Training Program. The internationally recognized training program started with the opening of Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1960, yet the first woman to complete the training was Judith Solodkin in 1974. Adams delves into correspondence and records in the Tamarind Archive, held by the UNM Center for Southwest Research, and considers the broad social context for the workshop’s practices.
Tamarind Techniques: A series of instructional videos on lithography
This series of five step-by-step videos, created by Tamarind Master Printer and Education Director, Brandon Gunn, is intended to help anyone who is working in a lithography workshop.
Still have questions?
This brochure was compiled by Tamarind Institute to explain the process, as well as provide valuable information on framing, storing, and caring for your lithgographs.
Latest Blog Posts
Tamarind Education Director Brandon Gunn leads a conversation with the founder of Takach Press Corporation, Dave Takach, Sr.
Since 1975 Takach Press Corporation has operated from the South Valley in Albuquerque, New Mexico, supplying the international community with presses and printmaking supplies. An engineer and longtime supporter of Tamarind, “Dave, Sr.” will share his memories of Tamarind’s founders and the early days of developing the prototypes that became the Takach Press.
References for students of lithography compiled by Tamarind Master Printer and Educational Director Brandon Gunn.