Posts Categorized: Relief

Relief Printmaking (May)

Relief printmaking is a graphic and versatile type of printmaking that dates as far back as 500 BC. An image is carved in reverse onto a block, which is then inked and sent through a press. The tools are simple and approachable but the possibilities are expansive.

Relief Printmaking empowers students (both first-time and seasoned printmakers) to plan, carve, and print relief blocks. After looking at lots of examples, both historical and contemporary, students will begin their relief printing adventure with easy-to-carve low-pressure “Speedy-Cut” blocks. Throughout the class, students will move on to carving both linoleum and wood with a variety of carving techniques that exploit line, shape, contrast, and texture.

On the press, students will learn how to mix ink, handle paper, register multiple colors, and finesse pressure to produce a set of prints that utilizes the skills built throughout the class. Students graduate authorized to print independently at Spudnik Press through our Open Studio or Keyholder programs.

Basic carving tools are available to use during class, but we encourage students to acquire their own set to use outside of class. We recommend Blick’s Student Wood Chisel Set as well as Flexcut SlipStrop to keep them sharp.

Relief Printmaking: Carving & Printing Woodblocks (July)

We invite you to try you hand at a new craft or to refresh dormant printmaking skills. Relief printmaking (aka block printing) is graphic, versatile, and timeless. It can be as simple as geometric stamps used to create repeat patterns or as nuanced and complex as your ambitions. In this workshop, students will plan, carve, and print from a 6” x 8” wood block.

Students will learn how to visualize and create a design that will stylistically work well as a relief print. Students move through each step of the relief process from project planning to image transfer to how to select the right gouge, hold the gouge, and carving an image in reverse. Using ink, brayers, presses, and a variety of papers, everyone will produce an edition of prints from their block. Final prints can take the form of wall art or note cards. Students with previous experience are welcome to take the workshop to refresh their skills or jumpstart a new project.