Inspiration: Printmaking

One of my personal projects included a bit of printmaking with lino prints. My tutor suggested to look a more into printmaking and look at different techniques. While I did not have time to work on any further prints myself, I did look into some different techniques, and got some books from the library.

Thanks to YouTube it is quite easy to get insights into different techniques and ways of working. I collected a few examples that I found interesting below.

Japanese Printmaking

This YouTube video gives great insights into the art of Japanese printmaking (watch part 2 here).

You print each colour seperately from different blocks, starting with lighter colours first, then go to dark. The paper has to be moist throughout the process, to absorb the colours from the blocks better.

I also find it interesting how they create the gradation of the colours, which seems very subtle to me. Overall the printing process appears very long, with many steps. The two videos only demonstrate the actual printing process, not the carving of the blocks.

Screen Printing

The following videos demonstrate how screen printing, which is often used for textiles works. See examples here or here. I think screen printing is very satisfying – also to watch the process. Generally you need a good vector design (one colour or multiple colours) to start with. For each colour, you need one seperate screen. Creating the stencil screens is quite a long chemical process, which you need a proper workplace or garage for.

In 2016 I did a screen printing 1-day workshop, which was lots of fun. Since then, I have created plenty more designs that would work great for screen printing, e.g. to create t-shirts or jute bags or posters.

Homemade Stamps 

This video shows how easy it is to create your own stamps from things that you have in your house, like foam rings, forms from which you can cut-out shapes, corks, bubble wrap and more. I’ve already done some experiments like this when I did a course in 2017 (printmaking without a press), so these techniques are quite familiar to me. I like them because you can experiment with different materials and will never know what it will be until you’ve tried.

Monotype Printing

This is probably one of the easiest printmaking techniques to do, but one that has a great effect in my view. This video demonstrates how it is done. You put paint on a glass/smooth surface, and draw shapes into the paint, then as a second step you print it. I also know a different technique where you put paint on the glass, then apply the paper lightly and afterwards paint the shapes on the paper. The result is an interesting texture, which you probably won’t be able to replicate exactly that way.

Lots of other printmaking techniques like linoprint, woodcut, etching, and more are summarised on Paceprint’s website. I’m sure to go back to it, and try out some other ways of printing at some point later this year.



YouTube. “Unintentional ASMR – Traditional Japanese Printmaking #1(brushing, explanations) and #2 (scratching, brushin sounds). [Accessed on Feb 20, 2018]. URL and URL

YouTube. “How to Screen Print Series – Screen Printing Techniques”. [Accessed on Feb 20, 2018]. URL

YouTube. “Homemade Stamps”. [Accessed on Feb 20, 2018]. URL

YouTube. “Monotype Demonstration with Barbara van Buskirk”. [Accessed on Feb 20, 2018]. URL “Glossary of Printmaking Techniques”. [Accessed on Feb 20, 2018]. URL

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