Printmaking is the process of producing artworks by transferring ink from a matrix to another surface, usually paper. Here at Print Solo you will only find original prints. An original print is a work for which the artist has worked directly on a matrix such as a copper plate, a wood block or a piece of linoleum. There are so many different techniques to make an original print and they are constantly innovated as well as used in combination, but we can divide them in five groups: intaglio, relief, planographic techniques, screenprint and digital. Please see below for more detailed information.

If you want to know even more feel free to ask clarifications to any artist through our messaging system. They will be more than happy to explain the technical aspects of their printmaking process in detail.

INTAGLIO

Intaglio prints are obtained when the ink that will be transferred from the matrix to the paper sits inside grooves that were made on the matrix, so the ink is lower than the surface of the plate. Click below to learn more about different intaglio techniques: Hard Ground and Soft Ground Etching, Aquatint, Spit Bite and Sugar Lift Aquatint, Drypoint, Engraving, Mezzotint,Photopolymer and Photogravure

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RELIEF

In the case of relief prints, the ink sits on the top of the matrix while all other areas are carved off. Click below to read more about different relief techniques: Linocut, Woodcut, Wood Engraving, Collagraph, Carborundum

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PLANOGRAPHIC

In planographic techniques the matrix is flat, rather than carved or raised. Click below to learn more about the different planographic techniques: Lithograph, Monotype, Monoprint, Chine Collé, Kitchen Litho

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SCREEENPRINTING

With screenprinting the ink is distributed on the paper through a screen of fine mesh: it’s a stencil-like process in which the image is not reversed as in all other techniques.

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DIGITAL

Digital prints are obtained by putting together an image on a computer and are then printed electronically. 

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