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Otis Lab Press, Video by Jennifer Graves
Have you ever run out of envelopes? In this episode of Lab Press at Home, we’re showing you one of many ways to make an envelope. The process is easy, fun to personalize, and it’s a great project for all ages!

Otis Lab Press, Video by Rachel Curry
Learn how to make prints of textured surfaces by using charcoal, crayons, chalk pastels, and pencils in this week’s episode of Lab Press at Home. This technique is called rubbing or frottage and can be used to make beautiful textured papers or prints for book covers, zines, collage and more. Music by Rachel Curry and Candace Hansen.
 
 

Otis Lab Press, Video by Rachel Curry
Explosion Books are pop-up book structures made by folding and gluing square sheets of paper. Learn to make this fun and simple book structure in our Lab Press at Home series! This structure is also taught as part of Rebecca Chamlee ‘s curriculum in her fabulous Book Structures class. We highly recommend this class for all Otis students!
 
 

 

Otis Lab Press, Video by Rachel Curry
Welcome back to our Lab Press at Home series! This week we are doing pochoir: a traditional form of stencil printing that some say is the origins of screen printing! This might be a technique you could use to create postcards to send to local politicians to advocate for the types of change you would like to see in your community: The printed word has historically been used as a tool for activism and decent and physical mail can send a strong message in the digital age. You can also use pochoir for any project from printed editions to greeting cards, to artist books and zines. Shout out to Rebecca Chamlee for teaching us this technique in her book arts classes!
 
 

Otis Lab Press, Video by Rachel Curry
Learn how to make Jacob’s Ladder books in today’s episode of #labpressathome. This woven paper structure is easy to make and reveals hidden panels when folded different ways like magic! We hope you enjoy this tutorial.
 
 

Otis Lab Press, Video by Jennifer Graves
Perfect Binding. In today’s video we’re showing you how to make a Perfect Bound notebook with just a few items you probably already have at home.These little books are a sized to easily carry and are great for sketching, doodling, quick notes, and more. Be sure to tag us if you make one... or two or three of the projects, we’d love to see them. Video created by Jennifer Graves. #labpressathome #otisathome #bookarts #bookbinding #journal #notebook
 
 

Otis Lab Press, Video by Rachel Curry
Learn to bind two simple books with rubber bands in today’s #labpressathome tutorial! These books are fun and simple and can be done with materials you already have at home! Check out the link in our bio to see all our tutorials and tag us if you post any projects you make! Video and music by our lab technician: Rachel Curry #otisathome #bookbinding #DIY #bookarts @otiscollege
 
 

Otis Lab Press, Video by Rachel Curry
This week with #labpressathome, learn to make simple pop-up cards, perfect for Mother’s Day or any occasion! These cards are fun and quick to make, so you can have them in the mail before May 10th ! If you make any projects, we'd love to see them, so please tag us in your post or use the #otisathome or #labpressathome tag! Video and music by our lab technician: Rachel Curry #otisathome #popups #DIY #mothersday #cardmaking @otiscollege
 
 

Otis Lab Press, Video by Rachel Curry
Todays #labpressathome tutorial is a mono printing technique we are referring to as “Found Object Stamping.” Use up-cycled materials to make unique patterns and textures on paper. Perhaps you have been ordering more things online right now: this could be a perfect way to make use of all that packing material! If you make any projects, we'd love to see them, so please tag us in your post or use the #otisathome or #labpressathome tag! Video and music by: Rachel Curry @otiscollege #printmaking #monoprints #DIY
 
 

Otis Lab Press, Video by Jennifer Graves
Carving rubber stamps is a fun at-home project that allows you to get creative with and use to decorate stationary, stickers, use on fabric, create wrapping paper, book covers, etc., there’s so many possibilities! This tutorial will show you how to carve and even cut geometric rubber stamps. If you make any projects, we'd love to see it, so please tag us in your post or use the #otisathome or #labpressathome tag!
 
 

Otis Lab Press, Video by Rachel Curry
In this week’s lab press at home video, we will show you how to bind a flutter book using the leaf prints from last week’s tutorial. This is a simple binding done with a glue stick that looks great and can be applied to many projects! We hope you enjoy the tutorial and remember to tag us if you do make one!
 
 
Otis Lab Press, Video by Rachel Curry
Today’s Lab Press at-home tutorial is on leaf prints! This is a perfect at home project you can use to make cards, books, covers, or prints, and hopefully, you have all the supplies already! In our next tutorial, we will show you how to make a flutter book using these prints! 
 
 
Otis Lab Press, Video by Rachel Curry
Hello! This is the first project in our Lab Press at home series! Learn how to make a simple zine out of one sheet of paper! This is a great project to do during quarantine; you can send it in the mail, keep it for yourself, or make copies and sell it for some extra cash!