What is Printmaking?
Printmaking is the art of repetition. It
requires a master plate to create replicas
of it’s design. The design, material, and
the colors are all chosen by the artist and
can be made from a variety of
The first ever relief prints were stamps and cut
seals and brands which were used to mark
prisoners and animals.
Clay tiles, wood, and metals, were the first molds
or plates to paste images and symbols onto skin.
The first prints recorded, originated in China in
618 to 906 in the T’ang Dynasty. The printing
was done with ink on carved wooden blocks, and
then onto paper. This was called the Diamond
Some of the main materials that are used are
linoleum, Styrofoam, metal, cardboard, and
stone. However, materials vary for each
An example of Lithography on stone
What are the Techniques of
A design is carved into a block of wood or linoleum
and colour is rolled over it by using a brayer. The
resulting picture comes from the raised surface. The
final image is reversed.
Wood, linoleum, metal, and Styrofoam.
Holbein the Younger
Vincent Van Gogh
Intaglio is the opposite of relief printing. The ink
is pushed into the lines carved and it is wiped off
the surface of the plate. The final image comes
from the ink in the carved lines. The final image
Metal & Plexiglas
Famous Intaglio Artists
The image is drawn on limestone, the slab is
treated so that the parts that were drawn onto the
slab attract ink and the rest don’t. It is then sent
through a press. The resulting image is reversed
but it is the same image as the one drawn on the
Materials: limestone, metal plate.
To create a large amount of prints
Famous Lithography Artists
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Similar to stencil
The ink pushed through a
stretched screen netting.
The final image is not
Samuel Simon from
Paper, fabric, plastic, met
al and much more