Pocket Printmaking Press + Magic Platen


A mighty, small etching press

A handheld press and pressbed for serious printmakers who need an alternative to a floor or tabletop press. The 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 Pressbed stays put on the tabletop and holds your plate in place while you press. It has a unique smooth non-slip surface that resists movement when pressure is applied. Like most etching presses, it’s best to use dampened paper with this kit.

The Magic Pressbed setup has an advantage over the Kit in a Box because it can be used on any surface as it does not need to be clipped to a tabletop. Also, the printing area is larger, allowing for larger prints. The board is 12″ x 9″, with a printing area of about 10″ x 9″.

This printmaking kits includes:

  • A Pocket Press
  • A Magic Platen (currently available in black)
  • 2 felt blankets
  • instructions for use

See the video below!

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The small etching press is 3.5″ wide and 3″ thick and about 3.5″ tall. The press board is 9″ x 12″ 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. It can press acid etched plates, drypoint plates, linocuts, monoprints, woodcuts, letterpress plates, and 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 of its kind that can create enough pressure for intaglio and monoprint plates.


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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.

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

US orders usually arrive a week 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, or advise on the best glue to use- issues like a loose peg or a bit of rubber peeling at the edge can be easily repaired. 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.

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