Above is a photo of the green printmaking studio, D.M. Penny Press, in Manchester, NH. You can see some proofs of my latest, large jigsaw woodcut print under the presses.
Even though oil based inks are allowed in the studio and there are etching baths for copper plates, the DM Penny Press is a "green studio", perfect for our workshop.
Any oil based products are cleaned with vegetable oil, simple green and/or soap and water - no turpentine or mineral spirits are allowed.
But white-line woodcuts don’t need that anyway.
You use watercolor as your ink, which is easy to clean up - you only need water to clean your brushes and other equipment. You could even use a rag instead of paper towels if you wish. The blocks don’t need to be cleaned at all. In fact, as discussed earlier, they become beautiful works of art in their own right after a few prints have been produced from them.
So if easy, environmentally-friendly printmaking sounds good to you, you still have a little bit of time to sign up for the White-line Workshop at the D.M. Penny Press in May.