The process of making artwork by printing

Steps in Printmaking

1. Sketch out image

2. Transfer image to linoleum, woodcut, etc.

3. Carve areas not meant to print (white areas)

4. Ink the wood cut

5. Transfer wood cut into a print on paper, fabric, and/or etc.

Types of Printmaking

Printmaking is a rich and diverse artistic practice. There are so many ways to express your creativity in this flexible process. The most common Printmaking methods include: Intaglio (etching, mezzotint, drypoint, and collagraph), Relief Print (woodcut, linocut, wood engraving), Lithography (stone, zinc), Screenprint (photo, paper, stencil), and monotype (transfers, watercolors, ink). We will be focusing on linoleum relief prints in the upcoming weeks.

Some Example of Miss Knake's Prints

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History of Printmaking

Relief printing can be traced back to the caves of Sumerian Civilizations. Wooden stamps were used in Egypt, Clay seals used in Rome, animals and criminals were branded using carved stamps. The Chinese were the first to use the process as a way to print images multiple times, which they did onto silk and paper. In the late 1300's the first woodblock was created in Europe. In the 15th century Germany became the center for woodblock printing and in the 16th century, a man, by the name of Durer, became a very well-known master engraver. The art of relief printing has continued to grow valuably around the world.