One of my favorite places to escape to is Powell's in downtown Portland. A few days ago, I picked up a new book that I'm really excited about. It's called The Printmaking Bible, and it's a comprehensive guide to printmaking techniques- intaglio, relief, lithography, screenprinting, and monotype (which was my art emphasis in college). Instead of reading like a text book, The Printmaking Bible highlights each printmaking technique through the stories, works, and illustrative processes of contemporary artists.
I've enjoyed reading the different artist profiles in each section, but the features I appreciate most in this book are the step by step techniques detailed in photographs and text. There are visual outlines of unique printmaking methods every few pages of the 400+ page book- techniques such as Chine colle´ to sugar lift etching to blind embossing. Fascinating stuff for any printmaking fan!
For those who enjoy art books as much as I do, I decided to start a new section in the sidebar called "Books I Like." Only images of books that I have shared on this blog will be uploaded, and I'll try to post new book reviews at least every two weeks.