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					New Hampshire Printmakers
    Past and Present

        A Peaceful Day on Star Island, serigraph print, William Mitchell

  The New Hampshire Printmaking Project
Printmaking Terms
                         Printmaking Terms
A traditional woodcut is done by taking a plank of wood or sheet of veneer,
oiling the surface with linseed and then dried. After the wood has been
seasoned the image is carved directly into the surface with carving tools.
When the image is printed a sheet of paper is laid over the block and it is
either sent through a light pressure press or it is hand rubbed with a wooden
spoon or barren. The process is repeated several times to create and edition
the number of prints the artist chooses.
Herbert Waters, wood engraver

   White Mountains of New Hampshire, wood engraving, Herbert Waters
Nora Unwin, wood engraver

                  Spiral Rythms,
                  wood engraving,
                  Nora Unwin
Matt Brown, wood engraver

   "Grosbeaks on Lambert Ridge", wood engraving, Matt Brown
Printmaking Terms
                         Printmaking Terms
INTAGLIO (Etching)

When a line is engraved into a printing surface, wood metal or cucumber it is
called intaglio. Etching takes place when acid is used to engrave lines in
metal. The procedure is as follows: You begin with a polished and cleaned
metal plate, usually copper or zinc. A thin layer of Asphaltum or tar is placed
on the surface and heated so it adhears. Lines are drawn with an etching
needle to expose the metal and remove the tar. The plate is then placed into
an acid bath were the exposed metal is etched out. After the etching is
complete, the asphaltum is washed away with solvents and the etched lines
remain in the plate. Inks are then placed on and rubbed into the lines . The
plate is placed on a press with a piece of paper and rolled through to make
final print.
Nancy Nemec, engraving

                Too Young to be a sage
                Intaglio and relief print
                Nancy Nemec
Christopher Morse, etching

  "A Serendipitous Resurgence of Neoteny” etching Chris Morse
Matthew Smith, etching

  ”Goodbye Old Man” etching Matthew Smith
Printmaking Terms
                         Printmaking Terms
Linocut or Foam Block printing
The linocut is a printmaking technique similar to that of the woodcut, the
difference being that the image is engraved on linoleum instead of wood.
Since linoleum offers an easier surface for working, linocuts offer more
precision and a greater variety of effects than woodcuts. Long disparaged by
serious artists as not challenging enough, the linocut came into its own after
artists like Picasso and Matisse began to work in that technique.
Annette Mitchell, block print

    ”Big Chicken” foam blockplate Annette Mitchell
Printmaking Terms
                         Printmaking Terms
Silkscreening (also called serigraphy and screenprinting) is based on the
graphic principle of the stencil. A stencil is prepared and adhered to a fine
meshed screen of silk, polyester, or nylon that has been tightly stretched onto
a wooden or metal frame. Ink is forced through the screen with a hand held
tool called a squeegee onto a sheet of paper placed beneath the frame. The
ink passes only through the open areas of the stencil, thus creating a
particular shape or line on the paper. Printing several colors requires a
separate stencil for each color as well as an accurate method of registering
the paper for the additional colors.
Catherine Green, serigraph

    ”Eddie’s Garden” serigraph Catherine Green
William Mitchell, serigraph

    ”Summer’s End” serigraph William Mitchell