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Relief or block printing consists of an image or design being cut
into a piece of wood or other substance, then inking the uncut parts
of the piece, placing paper over it and “printing” by applying
pressure over the entire inked area. Several different blocks can be
used, or the same block in different colors or values for varying
effects in one piece of work. Stamping is a form of
printmaking. Prints can be used with collage and assemblage
pieces to further individualize them.
Relief printing allows the creation of as many copies of the
printed piece as the artist decides to make. They are all unique
and original, and more affordable art can be made available than
one-of-a-kind pieces tend to be.
Registration, color blending, paper selection, ink type are all
variables that add to the interest and dynamic dimensions of the
final print. Enhancing a printed piece with watercolor, ink,
colored pencil, pastel, stamps, fingerprints or whatever, makes
the final work so much more fun and interesting and creates an
entirely unique visual effect.
Printmaking is a simple but dramatic medium available to
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