Tibetan-Inspired Prayer Flag Printing with Anna Hansen at Art Access

20 Dec

Anna Hansen carving linoleum blockPrayer flags have a long history of bringing health, good fortune, and blessings upon a specific place. In this class we will be creating our ownprayer flags with imagery that is relevant to our own lives. Participants will also learn a brief history relief printmaking in eastern and western traditions. We will cover the basics of proper carving techniques and how to successfully translate an image into a block, or stamp. Design, detail, contrast, and texture will be important parts of creating our prayer flag imagery. After designing and carving our own blocks, we will discuss different printing techniques onto paper and fabric to achieve different visual results. Each participant will complete one block and print their design several times. If time allows and participants are interested, we will print enough prayer flags for everyone in the class to exchange, and then go home with a complete set of flags!


Anna Hansen has been dabbling in art since a very young age. Anna graduated from the University in Utah with a degree in Printmaking and a Certificate in Book Arts. She then swiftly moved to Southern California where she spent most of her time teaching art in public elementary schools. She was also a member of an art colony in Fullerton where she was able to teach adult workshops and experiment with more painting, drawing, and installation work. In the summer of 2014 she returned to Salt Lake City where she has founded The Hex Press, a mobile printing endeavor which feeds her geeky side, as well as taken up ranks with SaltGrass Printmakers, a community printshop in Sugar House. Her other passions are gardening, fitness, her pit bull, and scuba diving.


WORKSHOP DATES: February 6, 2016

TIME: 1:30-5PM

LOCATION: ART ACCESS WORKSHOP, 230 South 500 West, #125, SLC, UT


COST: $30 (includes supplies; please bring your own brown bag lunch)

To inquire about fee reductions or accessibility accomodations, please contact elise@accessart.org. For other questions, contact workshop coordinator, jean@accessart.org.

From The Ground Up ~ Etching Workshop

20 Dec

A printmaker can achieve a wide variety of textures and intriguing surface qualities on a copper plate using etching grounds. In this workshop, participants will gain experience with a variety of traditional and less toxic contemporary ground applications.

On January 16th, come prepared to work on several 5” x 6” sample plates. We will provide the supplies and materials for soft ground, white ground, sugar lift, crackle ground, marble ground, etc for you to experiment with. Having sparked your imagination, we’ll reserve January 23rd as an individual working session continuing with the sample plates or developing a larger 9”x 12” etching plate.

Skill Level: Intermediate.  This workshop will introduce advanced etching techniques so a basic etching experience is necessary.

Dates: Saturdays, January 16 and 23rd.

Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Justin Diggle, etching with soft ground application

Akiko Tanaguchi, “Sky” etching with sugar lift application.

What to Bring with You: Your personal etching tools (Etching needle, burnisher, and scraper), notebook, working gloves ~ both for handling the ferric chloride and solvents and for wiping your plates.

Saltgrass will provide: All ground materials, copper plates and BFK paper.



  • Non-Member Workshop Fee: $150.00
  • Saltgrass Printmakers’ Member Fee: $100.00

Class will be limited to 6 printmakers.

$25.00 Non-refundable deposit required by January 9th. Balance due on the first day of workshop.

Contact: Stefanie Dykes, Saltgrass Printmakers, 2126 South 1000 East, Salt Lake City Utah 84106   Phone: (801) 467-1080 or by email: sjdykes@aol.com

Saltgrass Printmakers is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11am to 3pm