Printmaking – Monoprint, Monotype, Woodblock, Intaglio

In my studio, traditional woodcuts (a type of printmaking) are sometimes generated entirely in response to experimental cuts that I make in the wood block. A certain woodcarving tool makes a certain type of mark, to which I then respond with a different tool and another shape of cut.  At some point those cuts and shapes develop into an image in my mind. It is then that I begin utilizing tools and design elements to create that image in the wood.

The “American Oystercatcher” shown here is an example of a distinctive type of relief woodcut called White Line Woodcut that was developed in Provincetown early in the 20th century.  In this piece I selected an image and design prior to beginning the work.

Monoprints  and Monotypes are one of a kind prints that are often pulled using a press, although they may be hand-rubbed. Typically, elements of a Monotype are unique.    Monoprints generally include some repeated elements, which are visible in more than one image, and yet the final work is unique.

 Intaglio, including drypoint, refers to prints where impressions are ‘bitten’ into a plate.  The plate is then inked, ink is pressured down into those impressions, excess ink on the surface of the plate is wiped away, and then the plate and paper are run through the press.   Pressure from the press causes the paper into the bitten and inked areas, where the ink is absorbed into the paper.