Video of Scott Avett creating relief block prints for The Avett Brothers’ end-of-year 2009 shows. The process of relief block printing starts with a drawing which is transferred, in parts, to a large piece of tracing paper to make up a unified composition. The image is then traced again on the opposite side of the tracing paper and then burnished onto a piece of linoleum.
After the image is completely drawn in black ink on the linoleum, the unmarked areas are carved away. This creates the “negative” space that ink will not touch, and will leave the paper exposed creating the lighter value of the image. The black areas that make up the drawing become the surface in which the ink is carried and make up the dark value of the image. Once the linoleum block is entirely carved, the printing process is started.
Printing has been done in the printing department at East Carolina University with the help and support of Michael Elhbeck and others. Without the faculty within the printing department at The School of Art at ECU printing, these prints would not be possible. The prints are made in limited runs and are signed and numbered accordingly. Some will not be reproduced.