Frequently asked questions
What exactly is a linocut relief print?
Relief printing is a printmaking process where protruding surface faces of the printing plate or block are inked: recessed areas are ink free. Printing the image is therefore a relatively simple matter of inking the face of the matrix and bringing it in firm contact with the paper. A printing-press may not be needed as the back of the paper can be rubbed or pressed by hand with a simple tool such as a brayer or baren. The matrix in relief printing is classically created by starting with a flat original surface and then removing away areas intended to print white. The remaining areas of the original surface receive the ink. The relief family of techniques includes woodcut, metalcut, wood engraving, relief etching, linocut and some types of collagraph.
How is a relief print different from any other type of art print?
Each print is individual and unique- The print IS the original work of art! As each print is made entirely by hand, from start to finish, there are variations in each one, and no two are exactly the same. The printing process is carried out entirely by hand, so ink is rolled onto the block ( linoleum in my case) and the paper is laid on top, and hand burnished ( the back of the paper is physically rubbed to press the two surfaces together and transfer the ink) The resulting print varies due to the amount of ink applied and the pressure used to transfer it to the paper.
So what the heck does that mean in English?
Well, if you are a complete newbie to the idea, I will try to explain it. Theres pictures below that may or may not help explain it, but basically it works like this:
Can you really get enough protein and nutrients on a plant based diet?
Yes! Dont believe old wives tales about "complete proteins" or "combining proteins" to fulfill dietary needs. In reality, there are a great number of plant-based foods that are full of valuable protein for vegans, vegetarians, and whole-food plant-based dieters. Soy, nuts, spinach, broccoli, and beans are all amazingly rich in protein. As such, the question how do vegans get protein? could easily be turned around into how could vegans not be getting enough protein? There aren’t many vegan/whole-food plant-based diets that don’t liberally include the foods mentioned above, and that’s far from a complete list. It’s fairly difficult to be protein deficient. Even more, plant-based protein is considered much healthier than animal sources of protein.