Practical Printmaking || Colin Gale

Printmaking is a huge subject and, inevitably, a general introduction such as this can only really scratch the surface. However, Colin Gale does a good job of looking at the bulk of the most used techniques: collograph, silkscreen, lithography, woodblock and monoprinting as well as the use of digital images. In doing so, he provides a useful overview that summarises the basic approaches and techniques of each specialism and writes with authority about current trends, looking at the work of many contemporary printmakers as he goes along.

According to the blurb, the book will “help the reader master new skills as well as sharpen existing ones”. Not being a printmaker myself, it’s hard to comment on this statement, but I would have thought that the scope of the book is sufficiently wide that only the tyro would find much of that. It seems to me that it works much better as an introduction, either for someone who’s thinking of taking the plunge or maybe for a collector who’s keen to know more about the techniques behind the artwork.

The book is well and copiously illustrated, so it’s hard to see how it could disappoint even the most experienced printmaker, however.

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