Relief Printmaking Basics : Relief Printmaking Reverse Image

Now a relief print is going to be the mere
image of what you carve. Therefore, this transfer method will allow me to actually transfer
the drawing in its mere image, and therefore when I print it, it’s going to look much like
my drawing is here; it is important to remember that aspect. If you draw directly onto your
wood, when it prints, it’s going to be the mere image. This is particularly important
if you’re going to use text, but it also is important for your idea of how the layout
and the composition of the work is on the page. So working with it, and understanding
how the reverse image once you print it, I think will give you a better idea about what
that process is. Once I have transferred my image to my block of wood, then I can begin
to start deciding how I want to carve it. For example, if I wanted to carve so that
the lines of my drawings are going to be the lines that are printed, like I have done in
this block. I will need to carve away the wood surrounding those lines, so that the
only raised surface that’s left is the lines of the drawing. Conversely, you can carve
away the lines of your drawing, leaving most of the block available for inking, and the
lines that you have carved will be the un-inked areas and the areas that don’t print onto
your print. This would start to make more sense as we get into printing the block itself.

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