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Woodcut
A relief print made from one or more carved woodblocks that are then inked and printed to paper.  If a print has more than one color, the number of colors usually indicates the number of blocks carved although there are techniques where multiple colors can be applied to one block.  At Rust Avenue Studios, we use the pressure of our printing press to transfer the image from the block to the paper. 

Monotype
A print that is one-of-a-kind.  For a matrix (surface on which we create the image) we use a piece of Plexiglas or a piece of copper.  These plates have no previous design on them before we start. Once the image is ready to print, we place the plate on the press bed, carefully place a damp piece of printmaking paper on top of the plate, place felts (blankets) over the plate and paper to create a cushion, and then hand crank the plate through the press.

Monoprint
A print that is one-of-a-kind. For a matrix (surface on which we create the image) we use a piece of Plexiglas or a piece of copper.  Unlike a monotype, these plates have a previous design on them BEFORE we start to create our image. Once the image is ready to print, we place the plate on the press bed, carefully place a damp piece of printmaking paper on top of the plate, place felts (blankets) over the plate and paper to create a cushion, and then hand crank the plate through the press.

Intaglio
Intaglio is an umbrella term for images incised on metal plates.  Other examples of intaglio techniques include etching, drypoint, aquatint, engraving, softground and mezzotint.

Line Etching
With this intaglio technique, we coat a metal plate with an acrylic or an asphaltum ground.  Lines are then drawn in the ground.  The plate is immersed in an acid bath where the acid eats away at the exposed copper lines.  The plate is removed from the acid bath, cleaned and then inked.  With dampened paper and felts (blankets) placed on top, the plate is hand cranked through a high pressure press setting and the image is then transferred to the dampened paper.

Drypoint
With this intaglio technique, we draw directly on a metal plate with a sharp instrument or tool.  The plate is then inked. With dampened paper and felts (blankets) placed on top, the plate is hand cranked through a high pressure press setting and the image is then transferred to the dampened paper.

Aquatint
With this intaglio technique, a powdered resin is applied to the plate and heated or, an acrylic spray is air brushed on to the plate and allowed to dry.  Once this textured ground is applied, the plate is immersed in acid.  Various tones can be created by varying the amount of time the plate is submerged in acid.  To print, the plate is cleaned and inked.  With dampened paper and felts (blankets) placed on top, the plate is hand cranked through a high pressure press setting and the image is then transferred to the dampened paper.

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