Workshop Details:




5 hours (11am to 4pm)


Blueway Art Studio


Create your Letterpress Art or postcards

Create your own letterpress postcards or greeting cards at this fun, hands-on letterpress workshop where you can try your hand at cardmaking or crafting your own mini-prints! Writing postcards is a time-honoured tradition, but making your own adds to the fun for the sender and makes a postcard a treasured keepsake for the receiver too. If the pandemic taught us anything, it was the value of staying connected with good friends and family. In this workshop, we will make cards or mini-prints to send to family or friends to let them know we’re thinking about them. In a friendly and supportive setting, you’ll create limited edition postcards that feature your favourite poems or meaningful words using vintage type on a mobile letterpress. You’re welcome to bring your own photos or sketches if you wish to incorporate them too.

Workshop highlights:

  • Learn the art of letterpress printing. Compose metal type upside down and backwards to make your own narrative.
  • Explore your own creativity and experiment with design.
  • Create special mementos to send to loved ones here in Ireland or abroad.
  • Take home your own beautiful cards or mini-prints to keep or pop in the post.
  • Suitable for adults, seniors, teenagers, Halloween, Christmas, engagement, birthdays & anniversaries, hen dos.


What’s included in the price?

Spaces on our workshops are limited so that our makers can offer you the hands-on help and support you need to make the most of your time with us. Just bring yourself! All materials are included within reason: 2 sheets of large Japanese Bamboo Paper cut to whatever you wish to print, use of Adana letterpress, use of variety of type, rubber-based inks. Tea and coffee are also included.

This workshop is also available to book for private group get-togethers; themed celebrations; for corporate team building and well-being purposes; and can be combined with other processes such as bookbinding, etching or screenprinting and can be brought to a location of your choice.

You may either bring your own lunch or opt for the local community café – known as the Old Hardware. It’s a great place to find hand-made scones or cakes, and Mel’s Gastro Pub across the road from the Blueway Art Studio, serves food from 2pm at the weekends and from 5pm during the week. There are lots of options for things to do, places to stay, eat and drink in nearby Athy too.

What should I wear?

It’s a good idea to wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you won’t mind getting marked.

How accessible is the workshop?

Blueway Art Studio is on the ground floor so there are no stairs to climb. However, it’s an old building with a smaller than usual door so not all wheelchairs fit through.

You might not believe it, but everyone is creative! Some of the people who join us at the workshops may be practising creatives and others will be absolute beginners. All are welcome! You just need to bring an open mind and you will create something you will cherish.

What Our Participants Say

“Wonderful how story and history of medieval times in the area are revived and animated through this artist’s method – the monkey the mermaid and the gateway to heaven all just fascinating.”

YouTube Review February 2022

— SO Whelton —

“This is a really fascinating film, incredible to think of lithographs been made in Antarctica at this time.Thanks for the lithography demonstration. The whole project is so interesting ,thank you.”

YouTube Review January 2022

— Carol Kennedy —

“I never knew how prints were made or anything about lithography. I can’t believe they did this in Antarctica. I’m a huge Shackleton fan and this is a completely different insight for me. This is fascinating. Thanks for demonstrating”

YouTube Review January 2022

— Experiencing Ireland —

“Brilliant afternoon with Angelina.Spent a sunny afternoon with Angelina at Kilkea Castle. Learnt the art of grave rubbing – Angelina is a great teacher. She is patient, highly skilled and great fun. We all came away with something we’d made in the two hours”

Trip Advisor Review August 2021

— AnitaBreak41 —

“A very infomative and pleasant experience. Angelina was an excellent teacher. The practical, hands on experience allowed me to learn as we worked. Delighted with the results of the process”

Google Review June 2021

— Cristeen Kilkenny—

“Thank you angelina for a really great course on ecoprinting on japanese paper you were very generous with your knowledge and i had great fun. And so glad i could buy that awagami japanese paper from you wow its gorgeous”

Google Review June 2021

— Deirdre Crofts —

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