What is block printing? Block printing is a form of relief printing where the ink or paint is applied to a raised surface and then rolled or stamped onto a substrate, similar to rubberstamping. Common forms of block printing are woodcut printing, linoleum printing, and lithography.
With a little practice and the right tools, you can make your own woodcut, linocut, or block print designs to use in your artwork. The experts featured in our new eBook, Relief and Block Printing Techniques: Free Guide to Block, Relief and Lino Printing Techniques will show you how.
In Reduction Printing: Printing back to front, color by color, Lisa Thorpe uses Safety-Kut material and regular linoleum cutting tools to create three- and four-color limited-edition linoleum block prints that have the look of woodcut printing but are much easier to carve. This relief-printing process is called reduction printing because you keep carving away at the block, reducing what is printed with each layer.
Having worked as both a professional painter and printmaker for more than 20 years, Lisa Kesler has always loved the process of carving linoleum and artists' carving blocks for handmade linoleum printing and block printing. In Printmaking in 3-D, creative blocks of wood, Lisa shows how to print carving block sketches onto the surface of wooden house shapes for unusual 3-D prints.
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If you hadn't thought of using photos as a source of inspiration for carving, Audrey Fisher's technique Picture Perfect, Carving Stamps from Photos will nudge you in that direction. Look through old family photos or get out that point-and-shoot camera and start taking pictures. You will have a goldmine of images for relief printing.
These carving and block printing techniques have so many applications, you'll want to start creating right away. So download Relief and Block Printing Techniques: Free Guide to Block, Relief and Lino Printing Techniques now, and let the fun begin.
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