Printmaking tutorial: Relief Printing by Linda Nevill, Fine Art Printmaker

July 25, 2019 posted by



I'm going to talk about relief printing and you can use a lot of different materials for your baseball relief printing I've got here some vinyl this as you can see is a very soft blue pliable vinyl this one's a little bit harder and it's got a different surface on both sides you need to be careful which side you use as when this one is cut it often leaves a round circular mark on one side so you would need to use the other side then there's the more traditional lino which is heavy in fact what are the advantages of the different types of them lino and vinyl the thing about Vinings it's easy to come the downside is that when you have finished your stroke of cutting the pieces don't always detach from the vinyl block so you may have to pull them off with lino they it is harder to cut into although if your lino is fresh from the supplier and it's quite bendable also if it's warm it does cut fairly easily the plus sign is that it detaches easily the downside is if you're sitting opposite someone who's cutting lino you'll find bit spin over into your work space what else and also washing line oak that if the Hessian on the back gets wet you'll find that it when it dries it dries a big sort of Bantam buckle which makes it more difficult to right so cottage health and safety is really important when you're cutting line out and you need to always cut away from you and also always have something that holds it firm this is probably when I use most often and it's a bitch look that's got a very low side here I'm left-handed so that's important for me if I use this one I've got much higher a bit here but for any right-handed users obviously that's not so much of a problem now the idea is that you rest it against the back room in the corner it doesn't work if you've got it here because it's it's not resting against anything so push it against here and the bench hook holds on the edge of the table and everything stops in one place I've got here a long-handled mushroom handle cutter this is my favorite one and that's what I'm going to start with and I've marked out my image already and I cut along the line using the forefinger of my other hand to guide it and also to regulate the pressure now you can see that this is still attached and I have to just put it off but I'm cutting away from me I've also really careful that I don't put my finger in front and cut into it obviously you're going to cut into your finger which isn't what you're aiming for if you want to go around at a different angle you can wedge it into the corner in that direction which helps if you've got a more gord cart for example around here so that you can follow it and always go away from you the same thing of course applies here you can wedge it in there you can have it in the corner another way of doing it is to use a hand god that's what this is it's a plastic God you hold the back and you wedge your piece of lino all right in here so as you cut against it it holds it for with your other hand behind that red plastic line Oh God you can't cut this habit it's fully protected you can make a variety of different marks by using different cutters you there's a whole range of them in this time but these are the cheapest ones and you can get a set with one handle and five or six cutters that are interchangeable they just fit in and out of the end some are v-shaped some are you shaped and they work in exactly the same way you can get a whole set quite inexpensively of course once they get blunt you need to throw away the blades whereas with these you can resharpen them and that perhaps a more precision and more expensive equipment when it comes to printing it's good to have a registration sheet this is sort of thing to help guide you so you know where you've put your liner and therefore where to put your paper so the line Oh prints more or less in the middle this is why I've already made and it's set up with the size of lino that I frequently use it's also been laminated and I have a set of these ready for groups of students to use and it's white clean this is the size of liner that it matches and when you've inked up your liner you can place it on there put your paper on the top to match exactly and then you can income you can print it now that's what I've already made how do you actually make one if you haven't got one you can do this take a piece of paper it needs to be really the same size or bigger than the print you're going to make so if I use that size paper put my block on work out where the center is you might want to measure it precisely I'm just doing it by eye and draw around it you've got to do it obviously before you put any ink on the block it's a lot Messier if you wait till then so that's your registration sheet and when you've inked up your liner you'd put it on into the marks and then you're free to tape up on the top and it's the same size that's how it works I need to now and I'm using this water it's just you're aiming for is to cut away into the grooves place it also the registration shoot I'm gonna sleep my gloves off because I want clean hands and I could print it in a number of different ways I'm going to look today particularly at printing by hand and a lot of people use a wooden spoon which is one of the things I've got here I've also got a baron this has got a nylon measure on the bottom and a good strong handle and then this is a smaller one with a soft coating on the bottom which is particularly important if you're going to use oriental paper which is quite thin so I'm pushing the printing paper on the top if the paper were very thin you could even clench it with your hands this is the barrel and I'm holding the paper still so it doesn't move around when I try to put the pressure down through my shoulder yeah it's not perfect I've got a couple of white marks down here and I think that's because there's a couple of small lungs of the earth fund of something in the ink at the moment but it's pretty good you'll notice if you look at the plate and you look at a big print that the lettering is back to front on the vinyl this is to make sure it prints the right way around on the paper it's a common mistake for people starting out in print making that they draw their lettering the right way round on the block they painstakingly cut it and then a surprise when it prints the wrong way around so that is something to plan for right at the start another way to print your vial is through a large action press like this one I've put it on the registration sheet already and I'm questioning now notice that this and this is on the press it's a long strip of line though there's nothing special about it but it is longer than the paper and the vinyl here so it starts this side for provider and it finishes that side of the vinyl what it does is it helps the metal roller of the Prince climbed to the height that the liner is and then browse along it gives it that extra support it runs along the line I runners at the same time it runs over the vinyl or line go if you don't have the youngers there what can happen is that the roller nudges the vinyl all I know and puts everything a ride across the the press you can end up with half of your paper moved right across like that obviously it's not what you're aiming for so you put it you put it in the wrong side your blankets but then you put the blankets down and then when you got it smooth you right through the press this is another way of printing your liner and vinyl prints it's a relief press and it works with a screw action tightening the screw and um tightening it to get the vinyl back out you can seal it put the registration sheet under here with the vinyl on it on the top as before or if you think you can do it outside of the press you could put it all together first and put the whole sandwich in you need a firm board at the bottom to do that so when you've done that you turn it clockwise to bring the top down and so you get down to the bottom and when it's meeting here at the bottom you can apply the pressure so this is the bit where you're actually printing don't look quite a firm pressure on it and it's now ready to turn back up and take the printer you

3 Comments

3 Replies to “Printmaking tutorial: Relief Printing by Linda Nevill, Fine Art Printmaker”

  1. Gabriel Andrade says:

    Finally an artist concerned about good quality impression, thank you for the video

  2. Linda Dinolfo says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial video. You made the procedure very clear in every detail. I had no audio problems whatsoever. A great help to us beginners. 🌻🐝

  3. daisy3690 says:

    sadly, I was very interested in this tutorial, however I could not hear well enough to get your message even with my audio on 100% both on Youtube and my PC. Thank you for sharing.

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