June 13, 2017

An overview: The different processes of printmaking

Printmaking Series


This blog is one of a six-part series highlighting the processes behind printmaking and the art shown in the exhibition on view May 26 – July 22, 2017 titled 528.0 Regional Juried Printmaking Exhibition. See our YouTube channel for more printmaking videos over the coming weeks.

Printmaking can be difficult to comprehend. The processes of relief, intaglio, lithography, and screen printing are often combined to create original contemporary prints. This is why we sat down with Ashley Nason, a printmaker and a juror for the 528.0 Regional Juried Printmaking Exhibition, to discuss the different processes and how printmakers utilize them to create original prints. Ashley was a visiting professor in printmaking at MSU Denver for two years. She received an MFA from University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1999 and her work has been shown in more than 50 regional, national, and international exhibitions. Join us as Ashley shares her knowledge about the four processes of printmaking.  

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 Juror, Ashley Nason

In 528.0, all four processes, plus the unique process of monotype, can be seen in the artwork. Often in contemporary printmaking relief, intaglio, lithography and screen printing are combined allowing interactions between layers. This allows inks of different colors, transparencies and textures to overlay and mix each time the printmaker puts the paper and matrix though the press. Below are some examples of original prints from our region that are included in the exhibition hosted by CVA.

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Libby Garon, Fruitful Origins, lithography, 2012. Collection of Pamela Merrill.

800x600 Libby Garon Fruitful Origins 

Detail of Fruitful Origins

800x600 Libby Garon Fruitful Origins (Detail) 

Screen print

Michael Jacobs, The Dive, screen print on steel, 2012.

800x600 Michael Jacobs The Dive The Bodega Death View 

Detail of The Dive

800x600 Michael Jacobs The Dive The Bodega Death View (Detail) 

Relief print

Jonathan Nicklow, Bird Study 24, relief prints on fabric, 2017.

800x600 Jonathan Nicklow Bird Study 

Detail of Bird Study 24

800x600 Jonathan Nicklow Bird Study (Detail)  


Jeff Russell, Prismatic Union, intaglio with chine collé, 2017

Jeff Russell Prismatic Union 

Detail of Prismatic Union

 Jeff Russell Prismatic Union (Detail)


What is your favorite type of printmaking process? Leave us a note in the comments and see you here next week for an in depth look at screen printing.