Work In Process

The printmaking process is involved, to say the least. Each of the many steps of the process is an undertaking in itself with its own tools and techniques, and each step requires diligence and precision. Despite, or maybe because of this difficult process, finishing a print is one of the most satisfying feelings I’ve ever experienced. That feeling has kept me coming back to the studio to take a printmaking course for the past three semesters.

This semester I am doing an independent study focused on relief printing with Professor Justin Staller. Relief was the first printmaking technique that I learned, but like any other technique, it is far from simple.

Using color and a special jig for a reductive print.

Using color and a special jig for a reductive print.

The first color of my reductive print, done.

The first color of my reductive print, done.

Carving out areas from the linoleum which will appear white in the the final print.

Carving out areas from the linoleum which will appear white in the the final print.

Inking the plate with the second color.

Inking the plate with the second color.

Colors 2-5.

Colors 2-5.

Completed five-color reductive print.

Completed five-color reductive print.