Guides For Printmaking At Home
What is printmaking? ‘Printmaking’ refers to the creation of an artistic design by printing from a specially prepared substrate such as a block or plate onto paper, fabric or plastic. This type of graphic art requires an element of originality and encompasses a wide range of printmaking techniques, many of which overlap with regards to the tools and materials required. Multiple images can be produced from the original surface if desired; once the required number of prints has been created the original plate can be destroyed or stored for later use.
This page is for anyone (including complete beginners, intermediate dabblers and pro printers) to learn about printmaking. Here you will find an overview of different types of printmaking as well as printmaking guides for three different techniques with a handy shopping list of printmaking tools and materials and easy step-by-step instructions. The great thing about printmaking is that it is a relatively inexpensive, fun and rewarding hobby to try!
Types of printmaking covered by Hickman Design
Printmaking techniques include relief printing, etching and screen printing. In relief printing a roller is used to apply ink to the surface of a carved plate printmaking press; lino printing and woodblock printing are types of relief printmaking. Etching involves the use of acid to create the design or dry point etching by scratching a design into a surface . Monoprinting can utilise other printing techniques and simply refers to a single use design. Read on to learn how to do printmaking yourself!