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Etchings are made by spreading a thin layer of wax on a copper plate; the artist then draws the design with a thin needle, which moves easily through the wax to expose the copper surface below. The...
Printmaking Technique: Etching Illustration 1
The majestically simple woodcut Two Human Beings: The Lonely Ones evokes a feeling of dislocation through...
Printmaking Technique: Woodcut Illustration 3
Whereas etching involves printing an area that has been incised, woodcut works in the opposite way. Here, the artist uses a tool to cut or gouge into the block, leaving a raised design. Process...
Printmaking Technique: Woodcut Illustration 1
Unlike etching and woodblock printmaking, in which an artist can theoretically prepare a matrix and print a sheet in a modest studio equipped with a small press, lithography involves complex, arduous...
Printmaking Technique: Lithography Illustration 1
The surface of this raised design is then inked and printed. Because Munch chose to work on the soft side grain of the block rather than the hard end grain, the tree’s growth rings were visible in...
Printmaking Technique: Woodcut Illustration 2
The paper is placed over the plate and run through a strong press that pushes the paper into the grooves to make the impression. Printing was done either by specialty establishments or by artists...
Printmaking Technique: Etching Illustration 3
In celebration of the 400th birthday anniversary of Rembrandt, art historian Stephanie Dickey describes the young genius's grappling with the art of the past, his irreverent sense of humor, and his...
Audio Lecture: Breaking Away: How Rembrandt Became an Original Artist
Afterward, ink is applied into the grooves and the surface of the plate is wiped clean, so that the grooves are the only areas still holding ink.
Process image created by Matt Stolle and...
Printmaking Technique: Etching Illustration 2
Now the stone is ready to be printed. Continually wetted with water, the surface of the stone where the oily drawing was made repels the water and attracts only the greasy ink rolled onto it....
Printmaking Technique: Lithography Illustration 3
An introduction to Cassatt's series of prints, inspired by Japanese woodblock prints, of scenes from a woman's daily life.
Video: Cassatt and Printmaking
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