Relief Printing

Here the artist sketches a composition on a wood block or other surface and then cuts away pieces from the surface leaving only the composition raised. Ink is then applied to the surface with a roller and transferred onto paper with a press, or by hand burnishing or rubbing. Since the recessed cut away areas do not receive any ink they appear white on the printed image. Relief prints are characterised by bold dark-light contrasts.

Above: Gauges for wood and lino, baren, bone, rice glue, transfer oil