Thursday, January 17, 2013

Relief printmaking tip

Using a platform to ink a plate vs. carving a border

I visited Ward Walker months ago and he was working on a linocut. To keep the brayer from rolling off the edges of his block and making more than the desired incidental marks, he created a platform that is level with the block so it supports the brayer as it's being rolled off the plate. Some relief printmakers carver a border around their image to keep the brayer from slipping off the edge and creating an uneven ink line. If you don't want to have a carved border, this is a perfect solution. Clever, clever Ward Walker!

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