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The Encyclopedia of Printmaking Techniques


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Table of Contents


- Introduction
- Monoprints
- Linocut
- Woodcut
- Wood engraving
- Collage blocks
- Screen-printing
- Drypoint
- Mezzotint
- Etching
- Intaglio printing
- Lithography

- Line and tone
- Graphic impact
- Pattern and texture
- Colour
- Composition
- Mood and atmosphere



About the Author

Judy Martin is a painter and teacher, and the author of a number of practical art books. She studied painting and printmaking at Maidstone College of Art and went on to complete a two-year postgraduate degree at Reading University. She was a freelance writer and editor for fifteen years, and has subsequently worked in adult education and at a mental health day centre, facilitating groups in art craft and ceramic work. She lives and works in Brighton on the south coast of England, and exhibits in her home studio every year for the Artist's Open Houses during Brighton Festival.


This review refers to the brand new updated 2018 paperback edition of a classic title which was first published in 1993 as part of the long running series of Art and Design technique encyclopaedias originally produced by Headline Book Publishing. Having dabbled in printmaking over the years, particularly lithography, screen, lino and, more recently, collagraphic printing, I found this well illustrated book a good introduction to all the main techniques. There is an informative section on materials, tools and the work environment at the beginning. Each section runs through the specific tools and materials needed for the technique covered. But by far the greatest strength of this book is the inclusion of printmaking work by practising artists. Illustrating the diversity of printmaking this would inspire anyone to explore the subject further. As as a general guide it would inspire anyone to take further steps in their printmaking journey.

-- Kate Jewell

The Encyclopedia of Printmaking Techniques has informative pictorial guides to Lino-cutting, wood-engraving, sharpening tools (very useful), proofing, mono and colour printing, plus other interesting methods. There are inspirational pictures and designs of all styles, helping the reader with content, composition, mood and colour. Everything you need whether a beginner or a more experienced printer, to enhance your own techniques.

-- Sheila Oldfield

Having done some linocutting in the past, I have been thinking about trying out different printing techniques but wasn't sure where to start. The Encyclopedia of Printmaking Techniques is a great introduction for people wanting to get into printmaking. The Tools & Techniques sections tell you exactly what you need to get started and how to go about making different sorts of marks. The book covers 11 different techniques including linocut, woodcut, intaglio and lithography. The Themes sections at the end help you think more about planning your work and developing the artistic side. This part talks about line and tone, colour, composition etc. The book seems ideal for someone who is interested in trying out some printmaking techniques. I'm feeling much more confident about trying out woodcut printing now I've got this book.

-- Ruth Wallace

A very informative comprehensive book on many different techniques. Very clear and detailed. Would make an excellent resource For anyone interested or studying.

-- Nicki Mansfield

Printmaking covers a wide range of techniques and activities illustrated with lovely pictures to demonstrate the many techniques. It is extremely easy to follow each technique from planning the image, to drawing or cutting the image, before printing the plate. I was inspired by the gallery of finished prints explaining succinctly, how they have been constructed. The gallery pictures are beautiful and depict inventive ways different artists have exploited different printing processes. A brief accompaniment explains how the artist achieved the result. If you love printmaking in all its forms, then this is the book for you. From monoprints to collagraphs, drypoint to lithographs, this book has it all. Worth every penny.

-- Jude Lovatt

This is a review of the 2018 edition. A new and updated edition of this classic bestseller. Printmaking is a wide subject with many specialisms. If you are unsure and wish to explore, this book is a good place to start because you can try out the different techniques. Discover and develop your skills is the key of this book. Information is highly visible with many illustrations throughout. Step by step demonstrations give you a real taste of the techniques. It covers tools and techniques, monoprints, linocut, woodcut, wood engraving, collage, screen printing, drypoint, mezzotint, etching, intaglio and lithography as well as some themes. It serves as an introduction so that you can get a feel for the techniques you wish to explore further. Linocut is one of the most popular techniques and has 8 pages in this section dedicated to planning, cutting, proofing and printing as well as printing in colour. Thorough and concise.

-- Karen Platt * *

I think this book works for the complete beginner to the more experienced printer giving new ideas and new ways of getting print to paper or fabric. A stunning gallery of images created by professional printmakers, featured throughout the book provides inspiration. I will be referring to it often, accumulating ideas for future work.

-- Alison Hulme * SEW Region Magazine (June 2019) *

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