LITHOGRAPHY

 

sarah poland, soft footed like the night, 2015

sarah poland, soft footed like the night, 2015

lithography is widely seen as one of the most difficult printing technique to master. lithography involves drawing directly on a flat surface, usually stone, with an oil-based implement, then coating it with a water-based solution. the water repels any application of the oil-based ink, leaving only the image, allowing it to be transferred onto a paper ground


 

SCREEN PRINTING

 

andre stitt, garden city, 2015

andre stitt, garden city, 2015

one of the most ubiquitous printmaking techniques today, screen printing starts with ink blocking a stencil applied to a screen. when the ink is wiped across the screen, it selectively passes through, transferring the image to the ground


 

WOODCUTS + LINOCUTS

 

john abell, adam + eve, 2016

john abell, adam + eve, 2016

the woodcut, the worlds oldest printmaking technique, involves carving an image into a wooden surface, which is then inked + printed, leaving the carved out image in negative. a more modern version of the traditional woodcut, linocuts are made using linoleum which allows for cleaner, more fluid lines


 

ETCHING + ENGRAVING

 

laura ford, old nick, 2016

laura ford, old nick, 2016

etchings are created by drawing a composition onto a wax-coated metal plate which is then soaked in acid. the acid corrodes the exposed lines + leaves the wax intact. when the plate is later inked + pressed, the paper absorbs the image in reverse. engraving is a version of etching where artists incise their image directly onto a metal plate, which is then inked + printed


 

MONOPRINT

 

molly goldwater, resting o, 2016

molly goldwater, resting o, 2016

monoprints are unlike most other printing techniques in that the process produces unique editions. the artist creates a composition in either ink or paint onto a smooth surface which is then produced in reverse when applied to a ground support


 

DIGITAL PRINTS

 

molly rooke, somethings are better left unsaid, 2013

molly rooke, somethings are better left unsaid, 2013

digital prints are most often created with a computer + produced with an ink-jet printer, which produces uniformly toned images. this printing process is commonly used to make high edition multiples, so artists often only use this technique to create unique or limited-edition artworks