Print Making Tools

Printing or Print Making

Is the process of creating artworks by printing, normally on paper, but also on fabric, wood, metal, and other surfaces. It is also an art form using a process for reproducing images that involves the transfer of ink from a plate or woodblock to paper, canvas, or other surface that will ultimately hold the work of art.

Printing or Print Making in the visual arts is defines as:
1. transfer (a colored design or pattern) to a surface.
2. mark or indent (the surface of a soft substance).
3. make (a mark or indentation) on a surface or in a soft substance by pressing something onto it.
4. write (text) clearly without joining the letters or handwriting in which the letters are written separately rather than being joined together.

Printing Tools

Painting Knives

Drawing Instruments

Drawing Aids

Studio Equipment


Drawing Surfaces


Gouache or Opaque Watercolor

Surface Protection

Studio Equipment

Studio Aids


Includes the following.


What is Sketching?

Sometimes called a "sketch," it is a quick drawing that captures the main features of a subject but contains little detail. Sketches are usually executed rapidly or freehand without any drawing tools. They are vignettes or not intended to be finished fin art pieces.

Sketches are often used for designing or planning and may be used to explore a theme for more significant works or a more detailed drawing.

Both sketching and basic drawing skills will help you develop the ability to manipulate line, shape, value, texture, or space, all of which are part of the Visual Elements of Design, used to translate any verbal idea or message to an image.

Types of Sketching

Include the following artistic styles or intent.


Studies or Preliminary Drawings are techniques or processes used to create on a smaller scale for a more precise understanding or to represent initial observations. Sometimes often called thumbnails, if used to capture the initial composition idea.


Is a technique used to let the subconscious mind flow. It is executed quickly with simple lines or shapes, usually without any reference material.

Urban Sketching

Urban Sketching

Is a technique or style used by urban sketchers to see the world, one drawing at a time (

Urban Sketcher or Travel Blogs
  • Urban Sketchers - a global community of artists that practice drawing on location in cities, towns, and villages they live in or travel to
  • Artist's Journal Workshops - Expanding on the book by Cathy Johnson
  • John Muir Laws- Nature, stewardship through science, education, and art

Urban Sketcher Artist's Blogs

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