BlockPrinting Basics    Jenn Noinaj     06.16.2012
About Me
Agenda•   Background•   Examples / Relief Prints•   Tools•   Print Design•   Cutting•   Inking•   Printing•   Let’s try it!
Printmaking
Rubber
Woodcut
LINOCUT
The Great Wave off Kanagawa (神奈川沖浪裏) by                               Hokusai
Picasso
Matisse
Relief Prints
Examples
Tools
PrintDesign
Carving
COLOR
Inking
Printing
Greeting Cards
Fabrics
send2jenn@gmail.comQuestions?
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Block printing is a technique in printmaking in which an image is carved into the surface of a block. Typically the block material is rubber, wood, or linoleum. This powerpoint will go over the basics of creating block prints which include selecting the tools and materials, cutting the block, inking, and printing. We will briefly explore relief prints (images displaying the use of positive / negative space) for inspiration.

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  • Welcome to Block Printing Basics!
  • From Chicago. Live in this area. Brother worked next door.Work as an IT consultant BUT into DIY stuff and design. And frisbees, obviously.First introduced in HS but picked it up again last fall (actually, during halloween)
  • Go through the presentation, spend probably about 15 – 20 minutes. And then spend the rest of class working on a design for you guys to take home!
  • Block printing is a form of printmaking (process of making artworkby printing, normally on paper). Other forms include screenprinting and engraving.There are three popular types of block printing.Block printing is a technique in printmaking in which an image is carved into the surface of a block. Typically the block material is rubber, wood, or linoleum. This class will go over the basics of creating block prints which include selecting the tools and materials, cutting the block, inking, and printing. We will briefly explore relief prints (images displaying the use of positive / negative space) for inspiration.
  • Just like stamps.Easy to carve. Flexible.More brittle.Show example of card.
  • Also known as xylography.More difficult to carve.Finer lines.
  • Happy medium.Various types of linoleum.Holds lines.Show example of card.
  • Picasso used to reduce his linocuts after every color.
  • Relief Printing- Negative / Positive space
  • Materials & ToolsBlock (Wood, linoleum, rubber)Lino cutter handle and blades or wood carvers / chiselPaperInkBrayer (Ink roller)Inking Plate (Paper / plastic / glass plate)Pen / PencilGraphite transfer paper (optional)
  • - Examples of art- Mirror images- Picking your image!- Pencil in your image (flipped)
  • Chisel or lino cutter.Practice makes perfect.Has anyone carved before?Using the linoleum cutting tools, carve out the design from the block. Cut away all areas that will be negative space and leave the areas that will hold ink. It usually works best to use a thinner blade to outline the design and then switch to a wider blade to clear out the larger blank areas. Always cut away from yourself and keep your fingers out of the path of the blade. If you are having trouble cutting you can iron the linoleum at a very low setting for a few minutes or hold it under hot water to soften it.
  • To create a print with multiple colors, carve a different block for each color. The trickiest part is aligning the different colors correctly — called registration — when you print. This can be done by eye or you can use masking tape to mark out the position of the block and paper on your printing surface. It helps to print lighter colors first and darker colors on top so that any overlap will be less obvious.
  • Use of brayer and inking plate
  • Apply pressureMake sure your block is cleanUse the brayer with a hard rubber rollPaper typesDifferent usesExperiment with different papers, some take ink more easily than others. Try a light-colored ink on a darker paper.
  • Different types of paper / card stock.
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  • Block Printing Basics

    1. 1. BlockPrinting Basics Jenn Noinaj 06.16.2012
    2. 2. About Me
    3. 3. Agenda• Background• Examples / Relief Prints• Tools• Print Design• Cutting• Inking• Printing• Let’s try it!
    4. 4. Printmaking
    5. 5. Rubber
    6. 6. Woodcut
    7. 7. LINOCUT
    8. 8. The Great Wave off Kanagawa (神奈川沖浪裏) by Hokusai
    9. 9. Picasso
    10. 10. Matisse
    11. 11. Relief Prints
    12. 12. Examples
    13. 13. Tools
    14. 14. PrintDesign
    15. 15. Carving
    16. 16. COLOR
    17. 17. Inking
    18. 18. Printing
    19. 19. Greeting Cards
    20. 20. Fabrics
    21. 21. send2jenn@gmail.comQuestions?
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