Printmaking, at least how I do it.

Printmaking is the process of making artworks by printing, normally on paper. Printmaking normally covers only the process of creating prints with an element of originality, rather than just being a photographic reproduction of a painting. Except in the case of monotyping, the process is capable of producing multiples of the same piece, which is called a print. Each print produced is not considered a “copy” but rather is considered an “original”. This is because typically each print varies to an extent due to variables intrinsic to the printmaking process, and also because the imagery of a print is typically not simply a reproduction of another work but rather is often a unique image designed from the start to be expressed in a particular printmaking technique. A print may be known as an impression. Printmaking (other than monotyping) is not chosen only for its ability to produce multiple impressions, but rather for the unique qualities that each of the printmaking processes lends itself to.

I start with a subject(idea, pet, place etc.) I work from life or photograph(photos hold still better) and I make a sketch.

I transfer that sketch onto a rubber block, and I carve.

Taking away the areas I don’t want, leaving only the information and stuff that is to be printed.

I use a roller(like the ones you use to paint a wall only smooth/hard rubber) to put ink onto my block, then I place paper onto the block.

I use my hands to burnish(rub) the paper’s surface to ensure the ink makes contact with the paper, then I remove the paper from the block.

This is how I print.


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