Welcome to the First Annual Parlor Trick Print Exchange! Each participating artist mails in an edition of 12 hand-pulled original prints. Of the 12 prints, 2 will be kept by the Parlor Trick Print Exchange for archival and promotional purposes. The remaining prints are randomized, sorted and sent to the other participating printmakers in the exchange. In the end, each artist will have 10 new pieces of art sent to them and their prints will be shared with 10 other artists across the nation. And that’s not all! There will be a virtual art exhibition to showcase everyone’s submissions AND all postage and shipping costs are already paid for!

This print exchange is made possible by a DCA Art Fund Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Sign up and read below for further details.


Open to all U.S. Printmakers and is limited to 20 participants. All forms of editionable, hand-pulled prints are acceptable, including etching/aquatint, lithography, woodcut, linocut, mezzotint, and screenprint. No monotypes, giclées, reproductions, or photographs. To prevent damage to other entries, no glitter, attached objects, or 3-D work.


FREE to participate and postage is taken care of! All participants need to worry about are supplies, ideas and having fun.

This exchange is made possible by a DCA Art Fund Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


The theme this year is “Home.”

What does home mean to you?

What is your current home like?

What is your dream home like?

Is your home real or fictional? Magical or mysterious? Maybe someone else’s home brings you joy? Or maybe something makes you feel at home? Is it a place or a feeling or a concept? This is a VERY loose theme that can be interpreted however you'd like!


JULY 2nd, 2021: Registration Opens

AUGUST 31st, 2021: Registration Closes(Registration closes once we reach 20 artists. )

OCTOBER 1st, 2021: Submission Deadline (Submission must be received by this date! )

NOVEMBER 1st, 2021: All exchange prints will begin at this time

DECEMBER 1st, 2021: Virtual Exhibition will go live


12 identical prints are needed for the exchange.

Each print needs to be signed and numbered along the bottom edge of your prints. The edition number goes on the bottom left-hand side and should be numbered 1/12, 2/12, 3/12, etc. The bottom right-hand side should have your artist’s signature and year.

(If you would like to make more than 12 prints for your edition I will allow it! I never want to discourage artists from potentially making money on their own artwork. However, the first 12 in the edition MUST be used for the exchange.)


The paper size MUST be 5” x 7” (127mm x 178mm). The image does not need to fill the whole page. Any sizes over or under 5”x7” will be returned and disqualified. All prints must be printed on archival paper, such as Fabriano, Rives BFK, French Paper, etc.


All shipping costs such as postage, mailers, etc. are included in the exchange thanks to the DCA Art Fund Grant. Here is how it will work:

  1. Sign up for the exchange by filling out the form above with your name, address and social media information.

  2. You will then be mailed a packet that will include the edition instructions, sheets of tissue paper or glassine, and a return label and mailer.

  3. PRINT!

  4. When you are finished with your edition, place a piece of tissue or glassine between each print for protection. Place the prints in the new mailer with the return label attached.

  5. Mail back to Parlor Trick Prints.

  6. Wait for your random mix of exchange prints!


Thank you all for your interest! Please return back here in December for the Virtual Exhibition.


Stay tuned for the first annual Parlor Trick Prints Virtual Exhibition. Can’t wait to see what everyone makes!


Please send any questions to


Never made a print before but want to participate? No problem! Here are some resources to help you get started. Some processes may require a printing press or other equipment, but some can be done at home, too.

Here is a thorough blog post about choosing the right paper for your linocut print:

Short video about Etchings from the National Museums of Liverpool:

Here is a crafty DIY silk screen hack video:

Here is a DIY screen printing video using a vinyl cutter:

Different printmaking paper options from Blick: