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When you ink a relief block or plate, where does the ink rest so that it can be printed?

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kstinnett | (Level 2) Honors

Posted July 9, 2013 at 2:49 AM via web

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When you ink a relief block or plate, where does the ink rest so that it can be printed?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted July 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM (Answer #1)

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When making a print from a relief block or plate, the design is carved into or etched into the block or plate. The overspreads the carved or etched design. The ink collects in the lines and spaces of the carving or etching. The print is made by pressing the print material (paper, cloth, velum etc) onto the block or plate. The ink collected in the recesses of the lines and spaces produced by the carving or etching is transferred to the material. Thus the ink that produces the print rests in the recesses of the lines and spaces produced by the carving or etching of the design.

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