Some companies specializing in printmaking supplies are listed here. Also check the links in the site footer for other favorite resources (just scroll down to see). Our Artists page lists members and links their websites and businesses.
Printmaking techniques are generally divided into the following basic categories:
- Relief, where ink is applied to the original surface of the matrix. Relief techniques include: woodcut or woodblock as the Asian forms are usually known, wood engraving, linocut and metalcut;
- Intaglio, where ink is applied beneath the original surface of the matrix. Intaglio techniques include: engraving, etching, mezzotint, aquatint, drypoint, and photogravure;
- Planographic, where the matrix retains its original surface, but is specially prepared and/or inked to allow for the transfer of the image. Planographic techniques include: lithography, monotyping, and digital techniques.
- Stencil, where ink or paint is pressed through a prepared screen, including: screenprinting and pochoir.
Other types of printmaking techniques outside these groups include collagraphy, viscosity printing, and foil imaging. Collagraphy is a printmaking technique in which textured material is adhered to the printing matrix. This texture is transferred to the paper during the printing process. Contemporary printmakingmay include digital printing, photographic mediums, or a combination of digital, photographic, and traditional processes.
The range of printmaking techniques provides for considerable variety in process and result, and the potential for that element of surprise is a good part of the satisfaction. Printers inks (oil or water based) have a richness and saturation of color not readily found elsewhere, and the tactile sensory aspect of printmaking is an excellent counterpoint to an office environment or other more abstract processes, such as digital photography.
“How-to” Information for Printmakers
- http://www.nontoxicprint.com/ has lots of good information on Photo Etching with Imagon, and more. Be sure to review the Beginner’s Compendium for photo etching!
- http://www.printmakers.info/ has some great general information.
- There are excellent step-by-step instructions at University of Buffalo, NY Visual Studies Course Notes
- For inspiration, ideas and tips, we also recommend http://www.elizabethdove.com
- YouTube has interesting & useful videos on every type of printmaking
- Crown Point Press site Magical Secrets
Supplies and Information:
Graphic Chemical & Ink
728 North Yale Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181 USA
Ph. 1-800-465-7382 / Fax 630-832-6064
Web Site: http://www.graphicchemical.com
15685 SW 116th Avenue PMB 202
King City, OR 97224-2695
Phone: 503-641-3555 / FAX: 503-641-3591
Toll Free Orders: 800-832-4264
Web Site: http://www.imcclains.com/index.html
Dick Blick Art Materials
P.O. Box 1267
Galesburg, IL 61402-1267
Phone (800) 828-4548 / Fax (800) 621-8293
Customer Service (800) 723-2787
Product Info (800) 933-2542
Web Site: http://www.dickblick.com
Artist & Craftsman Supply
4350 8th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Toll Free: 877.545.0091
Phone: 206.545.0091 / Fax: 206.545.0166
Takach Press Corporation
3207 Morningside NE
Albuquerque, NM USA 87110
Paper Sales: 877-611-7197
509 W Fayette St #135, Syracuse, NY