FAQ

General

How do I become a member?


Becoming a member is as simple as paying our monthly or yearly membership rate. Membership entitles you to sweet bonuses like discounts on all workshops, one-on-one guidance from our artists, free entry to all our Pints & Prints and brunch events.




Can I print 100 copies of my project and sell it to whoever I want and not give you any money? What if I’m a member?


The SPPC is here to empower you and thus does NOT take any sort of royalties. You will, however, be responsible for any materials/ink/paper fees related to your project. This includes members.




Can I use the shop to do my thing for a day? / Can you help me with this gift idea?


Yes! Feel free to talk to us about your project and we’ll hook you up with a Project Pass, which includes some oversight from one of our artists.




How do I sign up for a class?


Follow us on Facebook and check our website, then follow the pertinent Eventbrite link to reserve your spot. All classes are first-com first-served and have limited seats.




I don't want to become a member but I'd like to make a donation. Where can I do that?






Screen Printing

Do you do shirts?


Nope, paper only, buddy. You can check out Ammonite Ink though!




Can I mix custom ink colors?


We prefer that members use available inks rather than mix new colors in order to keep our inks manageable. You are welcome to bring your own inks to use.




Can I print on t-shirts?


We are not equipped to do garment printing. Our focus is on printing flatstock like prints and posters.




Can I use custom papers?


You are welcome to bring in your own paper to print on, however it should be a flat, smooth type without any texture or anything that will impede the ink from laying on the paper properly.





Bookbinding

Can you print/bind this thing for me?


Unfortunately, we do not offer commercial printing services. But this doesn’t mean all is lost! We offer bookbinding classes in several forms and styles, and in addition, members have access to 1-on-1 training with owner-members. Our two resident bookbinders are very capable, so feel free to reach out to them to personally hire them for special bookbinding projects




Do you publish manuscripts?


As a print and publishing resource center, we do not function as a publication house. If you’re interested in hand-binding and self-publication, we are more than happy to help you out on that front, though!




Can you fix this thing for me?


As a print and publication resource center, we do not offer commercial bindery services. However, feel free to reach out to our resident bookbinders if you’re interested in personally hiring them.




I have a Microsoft Word document. Can you teach me how to turn it into a book?


Absolutely! This is what we’re here for! Bookbinding works closely with Digital Publication to provide members the opportunity to digitally print the interior of their book and hand-bind the exterior cover.




Can you teach me how to make a *insert obscure bookbinding style*?


Probably! Between our two bookbinders, we have a wealth of knowledge on a plethora of book art and commercial book binding forms and styles. And if we don’t know, we can probably figure it out!




Do I need to have a manuscript for a bookbinding workshop?


Nope! Unless otherwise stated, all of our bookbinding workshops focus on creating blank books (sometimes lined or grid dotted paper).




Can my child take a bookbinding class?


While we are primarily an adult education and resource center, due to the low-risk nature of bookbinding by hand, it may be possible for minors to take some workshops on a case-by-case basis. Please email us or contact the instructor to ask prior to purchasing a ticket.





Letterpress

Can you print my business cards/wedding invitations and how much does it cost?


The cost of a class!! We are not a commercial printer. But we'd love to teach you how to print your own businesscards/wedding invitations! Head over to our Classes link and we'll gladly show you how!




What equipment do you have?






Digital Publishing

What software do you have available?


We currently have the full suite of Adobe Creative Cloud on our two shop computers.




Can you print my business cards/wedding invitations and how much does it cost?


The cost of a class!! We are not a commercial printer. But we'd love to teach you how to print your own businesscards/wedding invitations! Head over to our Classes link and we'll gladly show you how!




How much can I print? Is it included in membership?


Small, one-off printing won’t be charged to members. For larger printing projects (~10+ sheets), we do charge for printing at an at-cost rate. If you plan to use your own paper for a project, we ask that you check with a member-owner to make sure it won’t damage our equipment.




I'd like to publish my book/zine. Can you do this for me?


Sign up for a class or schedule some 1-on-1 time! We’re here to provide the tools, resources, and knowledge to help you design and print your own publications. That means we can show you how do to it yourself, but we do not offer commercial printing or publication services.




Can you print stickers for me?


We can absolutely show you how to design and print stickers yourself (we regularly have awesome classes on this!), but we do not offer commercial printing services.




Do I need to have my own Adobe account?


No. The computers come all set and ready for you to hit the ground running. However, we do ask that you bring your own usb or hard drive for saving your projects on.





Relief Printing

Do you provide substrates?


Regarding materials to create your matrix, we will provide the necessary surfaces for the class that you are taking. However, you can also purchase linoleum and MDF from our staff. Ask for rates.




Do you have carving tools I can use?


We have several sets of Mikisyo Power Grip Carving tools. They are available for use at the shop. Unfortunately, we can not loan them out for you to take home, but here is a link to a good quality set that’s affordable: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Grip-Carving-Tools-Piece/dp/B001T8IEO6/ref=asc_df_B001T8IEO6/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=238323457190&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16377083586834219861&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1027760&hvtargid=pla-396300105092&psc=1




What other printing methods do you offer?


We are in the process of bringing intaglio processes to the shop such as dry-point, mezzotint and etching, and eventually lithography.




Do I need to bring/provide my own supplies for Intaglio?


We have "needles", plexiglass, etc, and will be provided for you if you are taking an introductory class. However, if you become a member, bringing your own supplies to work on are always an advantage but are not required.




What presses do you have?


We have 3 etching presses in total: -Speedball 18x12in direct drive -French tools 48x36 in -Laguna 36x24in




If I already have experience printing relief and intaglio and would like to use the equipment without taking a class, can I do so?


Yes, however, you must bring your portfolio with you to show to our instructors and learn the way that we do things in the shop first to use them.