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Long-Distance Letterpress: Provisional Press Printing

with Steve Garst
Saturday, March 5
10:00 am – 12:00 pm PST
$50.00 – $75.00
A Zoom link will be sent in advance of class


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Why you should take this class

If you’re like us, you spent the last year and a half trying to find creative solutions to making art at home. In that time, Steve Garst developed and made hundreds of Provisional Press kits as an inexpensive and accessible tool for letterpress printing when shop access was a challenge for many. In his quest to make letterpress printing materials more accessible, he has mastered the use of non-traditional and easy-to-source toy, craft, and hardware store materials such as Lego, linoleum, and craft letters. The eye-catching results speak for themselves. This Long-Distance Letterpress workshop will have you pilfering from the Lego bin and hitting the local craft store for weird and wonderful printing materials of your own. 

What you’ll learn

In this online workshop, Steve will demonstrate how he prints with Lego, linoleum, and craft store finds on the Provisional Press and gridded base. Along the way, he’ll demonstrate techniques for adjusting the height of various materials for optimal printing. Join us for another information-packed, interactive Long-Distance Letterpress class as we learn about:

  • The history and conception of the Provisional Press Project
  • Using non-traditional printing matrices 
  • Adjusting the height of unconventional materials for optimum printing
  • Provisional Press troubleshooting 

All attendees will receive a workshop keepsake—printed by Steve—in the mail.

This class may be taken alone or in conjunction with Long-Distance Letterpress: Provisional Press Building.


This workshop consists of a live demo with ample time for questions, no tools or advance preparation is needed. You’re welcome to join whether you have letterpress printing experience or not.

Who should take this class?

This workshop will be useful whether you own a Provisional Press, or you’re interested in learning how to print on any cylinder proofing press with unconventional, easy-to-source materials.

Will this class be recorded?

All of PiP’s classes are live and unrecorded — we find it’s a lot more fun and interactive this way. They are closed captioned using Zoom’s Live Transcription feature; to make the most of this tool, update to the most recent version of Zoom.

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About the Instructor

Steve Garst
Indianapolis, Indiana
Steve Garst is an artist, educator, and designer/owner of the Provisional Press project. He has been working in letterpress, printmaking, and book arts for the last 15 years and teaching for the last ten years at universities across the midwest. In response to the pandemic he developed a printing press kit that has been built by hundreds of people and is used by over 50 universities as a solution for students to print at home.