Relief Printmaking Materials & Ideas : Relief Print Quality

Relief Printmaking Materials & Ideas : Relief Print Quality


These two prints were both printed on a press
but here we can see the difference is paper really changes the quality in how the print
appears. This is a heavily textured Japanese paper that is really transparent you can see
my hands through it, so therefore if it’s up against any service you will also be able
to see through it. The texturing of the fibers of the inside of this piece of paper, it translates
into the print itself. So even though this block is printed on a press, giving that nice
clean sheet of color evening pressed onto the paper, because of this texture coming
through it does break up some of that clean layer and you get these lighter images where
the fibers peek through the layer of printing. Now in contrast to this print, you can really
see that although the broken pieces were created using a press you really have a difference
in quality. You have an almost blanket color it doesn’t have the textural qualities that
the hand print has, but with the difference in paper it has changes how the print feels
to the viewer.

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