Pressure + Ink: Introduction to Relief Printmaking

Pressure + Ink: Introduction to Relief Printmaking


Relief printmaking, the
first print process invented had its origins in seals
in China around 255 B.C. If you think of relief
printmaking as a stamp, which is a very basic transfer of an image from one surface to another. That is the initial concept
of relief printmaking. The image area is raised, whereas the non-image area is lowered. So if you think of a plank of wood and you carve away the white areas, what is raised would
become the image area. One of the modern inventions, linoleum, for what we call a
linocut or linoleum cut, provided artists with the opportunity of working on the material in
a way that was new and unique. Relief printmaking, as the
earliest form of printmaking, is still the most accessible
form of printmaking. Because a press is not
required to transfer the image from the block to paper, it allows artists just about anywhere in the world who have access to a
small amount of materials, whether they be wood or linoleum, and a small amount of ink, to
be able to create an image. Artists like relief printmaking
because it affords them the opportunity to have a
very direct low-tech way of working to produce bold graphic images with strong blacks as well
as fine detailed lines. Its accessibility allows for a variety of marks and sensibilities, both
abstract and representational, both things that involve
text as well as images.

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