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Glossary of Selected Printmaking Terms

In the art of printmaking, the artist creates an image on one surface and transfers the image, using ink, to paper or a similar material, usually creating multiple copies of the same image. The list of printmaking terms included here is not intended as a complete compendium, but rather to assist the reader in understanding the practice and methodology of the many printmaking processes employed by Chuck Close. Please refer to the list of sources for more complete information on the history and techniques of printmaking.

There are four traditional methods of printmaking:
Relief Intaglio Stencil Planographic

Glossary Terms:
A - E F - P Q - Z
Goldman, Judith. American Prints: Process & Proofs.  New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1982.

Heller, Jules. Printmaking Today. An Artist's Handbook. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., 1972.

Martin, Judy. The Encyclopedia of Printmaking Techniques. Philadelphia: Running Press, 1993.

Mayer, Ralph. A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques. New York: Barnes and Noble Books, 1981.

Saff, Donald, and Sacilofto, Deli. Printmaking: History and Process. Tampa: University of South Florida, 1978.

Tallman, Susan. The Contemporary Print from Pre-Pop to Postmodern. London: Thames and Hudson, 1996.

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