The printmaking process has been around as early as the 1300s. It was originally invented as a way to reproduce literature, such as the Bible, in order to easily exchange written texts across different regions. Eventually, artists such as Albrecht Durer and Rembrandt extended this idea and transformed the printmaking process into a fine art form. Even in today's time, contemporary artists still use this technique!
In fine art printmaking, the artist creates an image on a master plate made out of either linoleum, styrofoam, metal, cardboard, or even stone. Next, the artist prepares the plate by cutting, or "etching" into it, and creating the desired image. Ink is then applied on to the plate and paper is pressed onto it (either by hand or from a printing press) and the finished print is pulled from the plate.
If you and your kiddo are interested in seeing what local Austin artists are creating by using this printmaking method then you're in luck! From January 15th until February 15th, dozens of Austin art galleries will be opening up their studio spaces and allowing the public to come in and view their finished prints. Another bonus? On certain days, galleries will be giving demonstrations on how to use this art making technique!
For a list of Print Austin events, visit:
Monet & Me (written by Stephanie Sandoval)
Against the Chaos of Nature
22 x 30 in.
(You can catch local artist, Brian Johnson, and all of his prints at Print Austin Board: Collective Identity located at Invenio Canopy, 916 Springdale Rd., Bldg. 2, #107)
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606–1669)
Self-Portrait in a Cap, 1630
Etching, B. 320, only state
51 x 46 mm
(Courtesy of www.themorgan.org)