The epic tale of the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse Printmaking Program. The Printmaking program is directed by Joel Elgin and features the odd collection of the many PrintFools who enroll, print and exist from semester to semester in the Shop of Tears.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mississippi Steamroll 2016

The Great Mother and Father of the Mississippi Steamroll.

Mississippi Steamroll 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016, local K-12 students will print their blocks as a part of The Perseverance Print Project for Artspire, La Crosse.
Day One: La Crosse Area School District K-12 Students
April 29th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
PumpHouse Parking Lot (stay tuned for rain location)

Saturday, April 30, 2016, local artists and college students will print their blocks and public school students are welcome to spectate. Prints will also be displayed next to the Perseverance Project at Artspire in June. Public schools will receive theirs at the beginning of the fall semester.
Day Two: Independent Artists & Community Members
April 30th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Pumphouse Parking Lot (stay tuned for rain location)

 2015 Dirty -Handed, not Devil- Handed, Printfools from alot of Schools:

Mississippi Steamroll 2016 Publicity/Information Links!

UWL Campus Connection:
PumpHouse Page:
Event Page:
Community Page:
Registration Info:
YouTube Video Page:

Saturday, April 16, 2016

KiKi Smith

Printfools studying mystery printmaker Evan Brown, and awarding him a..."thumbs up".

Second! Kiki Smith describes her "poor man's aquatint" in this cool little video.
 Go watch it!


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Horst Jannsen

Horst Jannsen will touch on all the print media you are currently dancing with:

Drollerei Kaltnadel
Eva Maria Lupfert
Franka on her Deathbed
Etching and drypoint
Horst Janssen, "Erostod"
Radierung Nr. 7
Horst Janssen, "Spatzen des Hokusai"
Nr. 63
Horst Janssen
1929 Hamburg - 1995 Hamburg
Anna Poppe. 1966.
Horst Janssen
1929 Hamburg - 1995 Hamburg
Grüß dich, Lübecker. 1966.
Horst Janssen
1929 Hamburg - 1995 Hamburg
Woodcut in colors
Your Horst Words below:

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Mystery Printmaker - Evan Brown


Your new BFF Evan Brown is the mystery printmaker who is currently exhibiting in the space age cases outside of the printshop.


Go to the Facebook page to read his answers to your questions and if you haven't watched the video on how he does what he does - do it!

Multiple Exposure Collage with Evan Brown



Sunday, March 06, 2016


It's Mauricio Week PrintFools!

Mauricio was my Prof. This week he will teach you, so go to the links below: 

That link up there will take you to his website now run by his sons, Phillip and Tomas.

Now go to the link below and watch the video. You all need it and the Babies really need it for this week

Inside the Image
 Leave some words...

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Crushing the TShirt Day Monday

As you know you will be printing shirts all day Monday. Remember safety is #3:

So, you want to meddle with the press!
Click the link below to look at hundreds of Daumier prints.

And to stay sharp on this odd week of a lost class/work day, go watch this video about sharpening those woodcut tools:
Tool sharpening:

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Snack and Movie Week

PrintFools!! Grab your snacks:

Wayne Thiebaud

Cake Window,


Etching; from Delights, a book of seventeen etchings

Wayne Thiebaud

Double Deckers,


Drypoint; from Delights, a book of seventeen etchings

Image Size:4x5

For more snacks: 
Wayne Thiebaud

Its Movie Week!!!!

Rated G for Babies
Rated PG for Ado's and sort of Big Kids

Better leave words, trouble is on the way because you arent...

Friday, February 12, 2016


Really Good Baby Printmakers!

La Lecon de Dessin (The Drawing Lesson)
Lalauze, Adolphe (Rive-de-Gier, 1838 - Paris, 1906)
Date:   c. 1870 - 1875 (1880 Hamerton Edition)
Publisher:      Philip Gilbert Hamerton, London

Still Somewhat Good Adolescent Printmakers!

World History from Senefelder to the Present Day plate IX
Printers. Angels 1819
National Gallery of Australia
Prints--France--19th C. A.D

 And...Not so good Big printmakers!

Albert Besnard, Morphine Addicts,
1887, etching,
National Gallery of Art, Rosenwald Collection.

All need to know Jacques Callot

Be prepared little printmakers to follow this new guide. And prepared for new danger because while your sharp tools can cause damage and extreme shanking...

Jacques Callot
French, 1592-1635
Judith with the Head of Holofernes, n.d.

...and pain. 
Jacques Callot
French, 1592-1635
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, n.d.

A new danger will change your lives and make your dreams come true. But don't over worry, as in all print processes, if you fall, you will rise.
Jacques Callot
(French, 1592-1635)
The Resurrection of Lazarus, from The New Testament, 1635

Everyone check these links out:

Some additional guidance: 

Adolphe Appian (1818-1898),
Une Mare (Environs de Rossillon), etching, 1867
9 1/4 x 6 5/8, the sheet 18 x 12 1/2 inches.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Meet MAX

Sitting Man - litho

  Kestner-Mappe - litho

Big Kids!
 Grab your Morphine and watch the little video below...

Woodcutting printmaker Bridget Henry demonstrates:
The Reduction Woodcut:

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Drypointing Babies and Bad Monkey LithoHeads

Nathan Oliveira
Baboon 1994 

Susan Rothenberg
Monkey in a Tree
1984 Lithograph
Image: 44 x 34.6 cm (17 5/16 x 13 5/8 in.)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Pablo Picasso
lithograph (Woman, Clown and Monkey)

GRAPHIC ART BIENIAL has great things to say about the humble dryoint:
“If a drawing is the first,real,sincere and essential artistic expression, the first record of idea or its complex and final definition, dry point is just that and all that. It is chivarly in graphic art,exact and real, it is strict ,not allowing hesitation, it is subtle and delicate, dreamy and airy. It can be used to tell various things, a tiny twinkling and a heavy chord... It is modest but so rich!”
SZUREK PIOTR, Poland,  "SELF PORTRAIT", 1998, 100x67cm
Now click down there to see more drypoints from Graphic Art Bienial,-  Under: “previous events” .

And LithoHeads to keep you from dying of boredom as you learn to print your rocks, I am introducing you to a new spiritual guide who will take you away to beautiful, hot islands...

South Sea Islanderers Launching Their Boats
lithograph, c. 1913-14.
Seated South Sea Islander .
lithograph, c. 1913-14.

Prints from Max Pechstein's travel suite to Italy and the South Sea Islands click the link below for more:

Stay tuned for more but leave a stinking comment!

Friday, January 29, 2016

From the Printmaking Ashes...

Printfever rises!!

Fools, we begin a new semester with a giant crop of BABY printmakers and veteran Big Kid fools pledged to abandon reason and create monsters!

A little Printmakerly history:

Starting in the East.
Diamond Sutra. Cave 17, Dunhuang, ink on paper
British Library Or.8210/P.2 AD 868.

click down there:

The earliest western pictorial block prints were religious souvenirs known today as "helgen". Think about "helgen" for awhile and even more printmagic will be revealed.

St. Christopher, dated 1423
click down there:

 The earliest Printmaking Masters...

Master of the Playing Cards, 15th cent
King of the Wild Men
c.1440 engraving
5 1/4x3 1/2"
Cards:Playing--Germany--15th C. A.D
ARTstor Slide Gallery

E. S., Meister, 15th cent
Wild Woman and Unicorn (Queen of Beasts) from Small Set of Playing Cards
ca. 1450-67
99 x 68 mm
Illustrated Bartsch (37)
British Museum

MasterESVogel, 15th cent
c.1440 engraving
5 1/4x3 1/2"

Notice the MONSTERS!!

And more as we ooze over to the Litho Fools... 

Anonymous Swiss
Book 2, page 201; [a] tale from Pliny the Elder of a woman who gave birth to an elephant
folio cci illustration 1557
The Warburg Institute Library

Remember that name... Pliny the Elder.

A little history on Litho...
 The Father of all Litho Heads:
If you are a dedicated Litho Head you will read this:

If you arent you are an...

Paul Gavarni (1804-1866), Enfant Terrible, 1833. Lithograph.

An alumni Enfant Terrible? Dance Monkey Dance!

Better yet be:


World History from Senefelder to the Present Day plate IX
Printers. Angels 1819
National Gallery of Australia
Prints--France--19th C. A.D

Alberto Giacometti, European; Swiss, 1901 - 1966
Nude with Flowers
1960 Lithograph
37.9 x 27.8 cm (image); 60.1 x 50.5 cm (sheet)
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
San Francisco, California, USA

Now, leave a comment and stay tuned to learn why Alberto is the last image.