My favourite printmaking books
Over the years I’ve bought or borrowed various printmaking books. Looking through some over the weekend for inspiration, I thought I’d share my particular favourites.
Hand-printing techniques and truly original projects
I love this beautiful book, which does contain truly original projects from band merchandise to placemats. The book introduces various printmaking techniques including potato printing, photograms and stenciling, all used to create well designed and unique goodies! All the projects are super simple and most can be made at home with no specialist equipment (although it will look like you are a pro!).
A complete guide to materials and processes
Beth Grabowski and Bill Fick
The daddy of printmaking books, this in-depth guide covers everything you could possibly want to know about printmaking, with great examples and explanatory photographs throughout. Covers lots of printing processes including relief (my favourite!), digital processes, and lithography, as well as a huge array of practical tips, advice on materials and trouble shooting tips.
A comprehensive guide to the art of relief printing through linocut
A really good introductory guide to learning linocut. Easy step-by step how to guides with photos, ideas for projects and experiments as well as information on materials, framing, editioning and selling work. Although I’m now pretty much clued up on technique, it’s still good for inspiration due to to the number of linoprint examples featured, it’s also great for when you want to get back to basics and explore something new.
A catalog of screen printing
Pure printmaking porn. Lots and lots of beautifully brilliant examples of screen printing. Whatever your style there’s bound to be something you love in here – nuff said!
All these books are currently in print and available online, better still see if your local book shop can order them for you! Of you have any printmaking book recommendations, old or new, I’d love to hear from you.