Woodcut

A woodcut is a relief print; the raised areas hold the ink. A linoleum cut is another type of relief print. A rubber stamp is an everyday example of a relief print.



The printmaker cuts an image on a block of wood.



The printmaker uses sharp tools to cut away areas that will not print. The raised shapes will print.



The printmaker rolls ink over the surface of the block with a roller.



The printmaker places a sheet of paper on the block and rubs the back of the paper. The ink transfers from the block to the paper. A press can also be used for this step.



The printmaker carefully pulls the paper away from the block. The image has been printed on it in reverse.

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