Except for the monotype, the process is capable of producing multiples of the same
pieces, called an impression.Each piece is an original not a copy but since there is a
reproduction of another work of art and is technically known as print. The prints are
created from a single original surface, knowntechnically as a matrix. Common types of
matrices include: plates of metal, usually copper or zinc for engraving or etching, stone
lithography used, blocks of wood for woodcuts, linoleum Linocuts andfabric plates for
screen-printing. But there are many other kinds. The printed works of a single plate create
edition, in modern times, each signed and numbered limited generally to form anissue.
Prints can also be published in book form, as artist's books. A single print could be the
product of one or multiple techniques.
Contend Relief printing where the ink is on theoriginal surface of the array. Relief
techniques include woodcut or woodblock, where the ink goes beneath the original
surface of the array. Carving techniques include: engraving, etching,mezzotint, aquatint,
loin-colle and dry point. Planographic, wherein the matrix retains its entire surface, but
some parts are trying to make the image. Planographic techniques include: lithography,monotype and digital techniques.Other types of printmaking techniques outside of these
groups include collography and imaging of the leaf. Modern printing technology can be
included such asdigital printers, media and combination digital photographic process and
My favorite is Woodcut, a type of relief printing is the earliest printmaking
technique,and the only traditionally used in the Far East. It was probably first developed
as a means of printing patterns on cloth, and the 5th century in China was used to print
text and images on...