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Relief Printmaking

The history of relief printmaking and a description of the process.
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Molly McFarland

on 13 March 2013

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Transcript of Relief Printmaking

...is the oldest and most basic method of printmaking. Evolving in china sometime around 800 a.d. ...relief printmaking is based on the principle of cutting away part of the surface of a block of material so that the image area to be printed stands out in relief to form a printing surface. Instead of pressing the block into a stamppad the ink is rolled on the surface of the block using a roller or brayer . like a rubber stamp... ...creates the pressure needed to transfer the ink from the block to the paper. While pressure may come from cranking the block through a printing press the pressure may also be applied by hand, rubbing the back of the paper with a wooden or bamboo tool called a barre, or a spoon. blocks... paper... carving tools... printing... sintra plastic plywood linoleum Albrecht Durer four horsemen of the apocolypse
1497-98 the great wave of kanagawa
1830-1833 self portrait
1923 tom huck RELIEF printmaking ready. set. PRINT. are the "substraites" used to create relif prints. In otherwords blocks are the material that is carved away creating the "stamp". Many materials can be used; wood, sintra plastic, and linoleum. you will be using v-gouges and u-gouges ...come in many varieties . inking your block... ...is a little difrent than using a stamp pad ink... ...is pigment suspended in a water based acrylic.
(no, it does not wash out of your clothes...) ...used in printmaking comes in two basic varites, western and eastern. Western paper is thick, hardy, and cotton based. Eastern paper is thin, delicate, and can be used for hand printing. relief printmaking: Katsushika Hokusai kathe kollwitz sherrei york decay, comma up whiskey creek the press.. a spoon... Creating a design only black and white
texture & pattern
shape vs. line
reverse text line vs. shape line shape a continuous mark, made on a surface, by a moving point. an enclosed space, the boundaries of which are defined by other elements of art (i.e.: lines, colors, values, textures, etc.). Texture & Pattern use texture and pattern to separate different parts of your image carving... How it works... Raised areas hold ink and transfer it the paper carve away material
low areas remain white a brief history... http://www.moma.org/interactives/projects/2001/whatisaprint/print.html
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