Always Print On-Register By Making Flats For Your Blocks

artist Rachel Stiff holds up the flats she made to design her multi-color linoblock

Pulling a fresh print only to realize that the text is backward or the colors are off-register is a right of passage for all printmakers. It’s discouraging when it happens, but it teaches us to take better care when transferring our sketches onto lino and woodblocks.

How to Tear or Cut Paper

cut japanese paper

When I got serious about making prints buying paper was a significant pain point. Paper can get expensive, and I was worried I might mess up while printing on it.

Everyone should feel comfortable using specialty printing papers. That’s why I wrote five rules to follow when tearing paper. When you follow these rules, tearing paper becomes a ritual leading up to the printing process, and no longer a chore.