Pocket Printmaking Press + Magic Platen


A small yet mighty etching press

I designed this handheld press and Magic Platen for serious printmakers who need an alternative to a floor or tabletop press. This handheld small etching press concentrates your strength so you are able to print your etchings, monoprints, linoleum, woodcut and letterpress plates by rolling over your plate in rows. The Magic Platen stays put on the tabletop and holds your plate in place while you press because the rubber coating causes objects to resist movement when pressure is applied.

This blue platform is useful for embossing and collagraph prints because you can lay materials directly on the platen and they won’t move when you roll over them with your press. I use it to create cards and prints with objects likes alphabet refrigerator magnets, wire shapes, cutouts, textured cloth, leaves and flowers.

This version of the Magic Platen is currently discontinued. I am working on Magic Platen 2.0.
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The small etching press is 3.5″ wide and 3″ thick and about 3.5″ tall. The platen board is 9″ x 11″ and can produce prints from up to 9″ x 10″ plates. I’ve been able to press plates that hang off the sides a little, too.

This setup is more affordable and far easier to store than a traditional floor or tabletop etching press. I have used the press and platen to press acid etched plates, drypoint plates, linocuts, monoprints, woodcuts, letterpress plates, and to emboss. This press is more efficient than a baren, so you can print an edition or set of cards about as quickly as with a standard etching press. It is the only device that can create enough pressure for intaglio and monoprint plates.

Each pocket press and platen is handcrafted by me in my studio. Every small etching press and platen board is different because of this. I love this press because of the connection I feel to the plate and paper. My printmaking workshop students also appreciate this aspect, as well as the chance to get up and exert some force in the middle of class.

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For US orders I use USPS Priority Mail and for international orders I use USPS standard post service.

US orders usually arrive 2-3 weeks after ordering, and overseas orders can take 3-4 weeks. Keep in mind if ordering outside of the US your country may charge a customs fee of approximately 20% of the item’s value.

Every press and platen comes with a 2 year replacement warranty from the date of sale. Send me a photo of the issue and I will send you a replacement part, platen, or press, depending on what solution is best. Contact me to arrange a return within a week of receiving your order. I issue refunds for the cost of the press and platen. I cannot refund shipping.

Please contact me at Diana (at) printmakingpress (dot) com with any questions or special requests.

The etching and linocut prints and plate in the product photos are not included.