I am using the letters CATHOprint to describe my work and that of other printmakers working in relief, intaglio, screenprints and lithography. This stands for Collectable Artist, Traditional Hands-on printmaking, to distinguish our work from that of the Giclee reproductions which are also called prints.
LINOCUTS: Using either linoleum, or composite material and cutting tools to carve out the areas which are not to be printed. The blocks are then inked up, using light fast, oil based inks applied with a roller to the surface of the block. Paper is then placed on the block and pressure applied by hand or by printing press, to transfer the ink from the block to the paper. Blocks are cut in reverse of the final image. Each application of colour is dried overnight whilst the block is recut, or a fresh block is cut for the second and subsequent colours.
RELIEF PRINTS: Start off as linocuts for the larger areas of background colour and subsequent colours are applied from hand made blocks consisting of cardboard with PVA glue and applied texture.
SCREENPRINTS: My screenprints are made by the same reduction method as above, printed one colour at a time, but using stretched nylon screens with hand drawn or cut stencils and free flowing, oil based ink applied with a squeegee.
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