Linocut, Etchings and other Printing Methods

Relief Printing - Linoleum Prints

Linocut is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum is used for a relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a printing press.
"etcetera23" usually prints his plates with different colors at the same time, making every print unique.

Leipzig Series (Linoprint)

Mixed Linocut Prints (Special Multicolor Print)

Etching Prints

different printmaking techniques

Etching, Aquatints, Vernis mou and others

Traditional etching is the process of using strong acid or mordant to cut into the unprotected parts of a metal surface to create a design in the metal. In traditional pure etching, a metal (usually copper, zinc or steel) plate is covered with a waxy ground which is resistant to acid. The artist then scratches off the ground with a pointed etching needle. The plate is then dipped in a bath of acid. The acid "bites" into the metal (it dissolves part of the metal) where it is exposed, leaving behind lines sunk into the plate. The remaining ground is then cleaned off the plate. The plate is inked all over, and then the ink wiped off the surface, leaving only the ink in the etched lines. The plate is then put through a high-pressure printing press together with a moist sheet of paper. The paper picks up the ink from the etched lines, making a print.
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Leipzig Series (etching and vernis mou)

Etchings and Aquatints

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