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Charlie's Block Printing Technique

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While this area is being expanded, here is a basic background about Charles Surendorf's technique.

Block Printing  Charles Surendorf wood block printing

Charles Surendorf's early prints were carved in wood (woodblock) and printed on a letter press. He soon began carving in linoleum instead of wood, using a process he called "linoleum engravings."

Standard linoleum block was too soft for his technique, so Charles used much harder battleship linoleum, which he then further hardened by freezing. The hardness closely approximated wood end-grain block. He used steel engraving tools to engrave his work rather than cut the block.

Block printing requires the artist to reverse the image when engraving it, so that, when printed, it is seen correctly.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2012 14:22  

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