In relief printmaking, an image is printed and raised from the surface. Artists remove pieces of the surface using gouges, leaving what’s left to be printed on paper – similar to a stamp. You may also hear this referred to as “block printing” and you can use a variety of materials as your “block” such as linoleum, wood, rubber, or even styrofoam. Once the image is carved, ink is applied using a roller (or brayer) and then paper is placed over the top of the image and run through a printing press, or hand-pressed. The result is a mirror image of the design on your block.

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