Letterpress – poster printing with Tom Boulton

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About this course

A fast paced day of letterpress printing. On this course you will learn about pulling a letterpress poster print.

Course Description

During this fast paced one day course you will get hands on and inky, and learn about many aspects of letterpress printing.

The day will be jam-packed with tips from how to setup printing presses and,how to get started. Also, getting the best possible print, where to get machines, maintenance advice, the history of letterpress, and tips that can be used across many other printing disciplines.

During the session you will learn how to handle type, different inking techniques and effects, the fundamentals of designing and composition with type, use a selection of the tutor's own wood block type collection, print your own unique poster/posters using the tutor's 1950’s George Pallister Proofing press or West Dean College’s very own Farley or Albion presses.

Over the course of the day you will create :-

A custom letterpress poster/posters

By the end of the course you will have learnt new skills, something that you can take away for use in your future creative endeavours.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • Ink, three sheets Zerkall paper and newsprint

What students need to bring

  • Apron

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A variety of inks, papers (including Zerkall printing paper) and general art equipment you may need.


Tom Boulton

Tom Boulton studied typographic design at the London College of Printing then became a self-taught letterpress printer. With over ten years’ experience he has been commissioned by the likes of Tate Modern, Fortnum and Mason, Southbank Centre and The Design Museum. He has features in publications such as Creative Review, The Telegraph and Country Living, and has won a D&AD award.

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