2017 PDM wrap up

Another great Print Day in May! Tens of Thousands print! Success!

IMG_2212What a wonderful way to start the summer! First off, we would like to thank you all for participating in studios and homes around the globe to make Print Day In May such a great success.

The winners of the sponsored prizes are:

Akua Inks
Mary Reilly Mathews 
Lottie Anderson @ms_inkyfingers

Speedball Art Products
Sarah Serio
Steven Munoz @midwaybee

Arnhem 1618 Paper
PCNJ @printnj

Please send Akua a private FB message to claim your prize!

Congratulations to our prize winners, and thank you to Arnhem, Graphic Chemical, Akua, and Speedball for supplying our artists with such fantastic prize bundles.

Participation this year set records! Just since Print Day in May 2016, there have been upwards of 18,000 artists reached on Facebook. On Instagram and Twitter, thousands more artists shared their work with us. Our final participation roster puts us at 45 US states and 46 countries! Who would have known a small group of printmakers at a community college in California could reach out to this many artists worldwide?

We are astonished, printmakers. We are thankful, and so proud to have you with us. Here’s to another successful year!

Stay Connected
Having built this beautiful community, don’t forget to check back and share your work year round! In the meantime, we’ll be looking forward to everything Print Day In May 2018 has in store for us.

Thank you all.

For ten years Monterey Peninsula College Printmakers (MPC) have devoted the first Saturday in May to fine art printmaking. What began locally in the greater Monterey Bay Area of California in 2007, has become a worldwide event. In 2016, artists from 32 US states, 35 different countries and all 7 continents participated!

By providing a creative synergy and a forum for sharing and building community, this event unites printmakers worldwide and fosters a better understanding and appreciation of printmaking.

Participation is easy. Just make a print on May 6, 2017! Let the world know what you are doing by chiming in on our blog, Instagram and/or Facebook page.

Send us photos of your prints, your studios and your printmaking friends.

Invite guests and friends into your studios to share your love of printmaking.

Please join us! Make a print anywhere on May 6. Complete an edition, try a new technique, make a footprint in the sand or snow, kiss a mirror, make handprints with kids…just print, enjoy, share and let us know about it!

Spread the word!!!!

Blog PrintDayinMay.com – click on “Members” and follow instructions to register. This will allow you to post comments and photos. Use us as a printmaking forum!

Facebook – @printdayinmay

Instagram – @printdayinmay



Akua Prizes Awarded

Akua Inks

And now to announce our SIX lucky winners from our Facebook/Instagram drawing from our Print Day In May hashtag contest!! A big thank you to everyone who participated in this global printfest, making Print Day In May 2017 another fantastic year. And the winners for our three categories are:

Akua Inks
Mary Reilly Mathews
Lottie Anderson @ms_inkyfingers

Speedball Art Products
Sarah Serio
Steven Munoz @midwaybee

Arnhem 1618 Paper
PCNJ @printnj

Please send us a private message to claim your prize!

Printing at Blue Mouse Studios today

What a blast! Fun people, good prints, good food and the Kentucky Derby. It was wonderful to check in hourly with the blog and Facebook. Thousands of people all over the world are celebrating what we all love. Yay for Print Day in May!

Linda Craighead pulling a pastel transfer:
















This solarplate etching by Jodie Doge:






This Solarplate is printed intaglio and relief. By Robynn Smith:









Noro Partido making prints:IMG_2219


Deborah Rantz’s Solarplate etching:







Graphic Chemical Joins PDM this year!! Win stuff!

printdayinmay@graphicchemicalinkco has joined the Print Day In May party! By using the tag #printdayinmay2017gc on any of your posts THIS SATURDAY, you’ve entered yourself into the running for a gift certificate for some Graphic Chemical goodies!
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Akua Inks Joins Print Day in May Again!

For the  second year in a row Akua Inks is joining the Print Day in May celebration. Share your artwork and photos on social media with the following hashtags. Some lucky participants, chosen at random, will receive gift certificates from Akua Inks, Arnhem Paper, and Speedball. Good luck!
#PrintDayinMay2017  #AkuaPD2017 #SpeedballPD2017 #ArnhemPD2017

Photopolymer Intaglio - Beth Redmond

Photopolymer Intaglio – Beth Redmond

It was cold outside, but the studio was warm-PDM goes to Iceland, again.

I just returned from two weeks in Iceland, working on two different print projects. In Olafsfjordur a small town in the north, four faculty members from Monterey Peninsula College taught a clay printing workshop for students at MTR, and upper secondary school with an arts focus. MTR and MPC are working on an exchange project this year called The Shared Seas, which is committed to strengthening connections through art.

In Reykjavik, San Francisco Bay Area printmaker Carrie Ann Plank and I gave a a talk to members of Islensk Grafik, on trends in Bay Area printmaking. This is in support of an exchange exhibition planned for late 2017 in San Francisco and 2018 in Reykjavik.

The Icelandic printmakers will join us again this year for Print Day in May. Watch for their posts on May 6!IMG_0002







Monotype Workshop with PDM Founder Robynn Smith at Blue Mouse Studios

Come to Blue Mouse Studios in Aptos, California for a 2 day Monotype Workshop this summer! Monotypes are my first printmaking love. With Ace Monotype artist Eva Bernstein assisting, you will have an immersion experience! For all levels, intro to expert. We’ll advance your practice and stoke the fire.
July 30-31

Hope to print with you in person this summer!



July 30 Workshop_Lrg

Akua Inks Announces the PDM Gift Cert Winners!

CONGRATULATIONS! To our winners for our Print Day in May hashtag contest! Rachel Hester, Heather Conyers Studio, Terri Tajwant Kaur Thoman, Diane Abt, Megalo Print Studio and Gallery and NJ Printmaker. Thank you to everyone who helped make Print Day in May 2016 a huge success. Hope you all participate again next year – Happy Printing

Akua Inks's photo.