Printmaking is a process that can be traced back to the 15th century. It involves creating images by transferring ink from a printing plate to paper. There are many different methods, but all of them share three basic steps. In this blog post, we’re going to discuss them in more detail.
What is the main purpose of printmaking?
Printmaking is a process that can be used to create multiple copies of an image. It’s a form of art that has been around for centuries. There are several different types of printmaking including lithography, intaglio, relief printing and screen printing.
The concept of printmaking is that you can create a plate or press from which multiple copies are printed. There are many different methods and materials that can be used in printmaking and this is a great way to experiment with new ideas.
What are the three basic steps in printmaking?
The three basic steps of printmaking are:
● creating the plate;
● applying ink to the plate;
● printing the image.
Let’s take a closer look at each one.
Creating the plate
This is the first step in printmaking. The artist draws, paints or uses a mechanical process to create an image on the plate. Most artists today use some form of photo-mechanical method to transfer their drawings onto plates because this makes it easier for them to make corrections before they begin working with ink and paper.
Mechanical methods include transferring an image through carbon tissue, drawing on a plate with litho crayons or sanding down the surface of a plate to expose lighter areas.
Applying ink to the plate
You can use a brush or roller for that. Moreover, there are many different types of inks that can be used for this step including oil based, water soluble and solvent based ones. The sort of paper will determine which type of ink is suitable since some inks are only effective on specific sorts of paper.
Printing the image
The last step is printing the image. This is done by placing a piece of paper over the inked block and rubbing it with a cloth or spoon. The pressure from the cloth or spoon transfers the ink from the block to the paper, creating your print. There are several ways to do this: you can use a press, as well as a spoon or your hands.
Keep in mind that you can print on any surface that is smooth enough to take the ink from the block onto it (a rough surface will make it harder). If you’re using paper then it should be thin enough — think cartridge, not cereal box.
Printmaking is a great way to get started in the art world. It’s simple, affordable, and you can do it at home with just a few basic tools. Don’t be discouraged if your prints don’t turn out perfectly the first time — keep practicing and you’ll get better every time.
How motivated are you to try printmaking now? Let us know in the comments below!