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HAND BLOCK PRINTING

This is the earliest, simplest and slowest of all printing methods. A design is drawn and then transferred to prepared wooden blocks. A separate block is required for each colour in the design. A blockcutter carves out the wood around the heavier masses first, leaving the finer and more delicate work until the last so as to avoid any risk of damaging it. When finished, the block has the appearance of a flat relief carving, with the design standing out. Fine details are built up in strips of brass or copper, which is bent to shape and attached to the block(coppering) Though handblock printing is a slow process it is capable of yielding highly beautiful results, some of which are unobtainable by any other method.

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