Black line cut

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The black line cut is the dominant form of the woodcut technique . The wood block is processed in such a way that the lines and surfaces of the drawing remain as ridges, ridges or islands. The raised parts, which are then colored with printing ink, positively reproduce the original drawing in lines and black areas. This distinguishes the black line cut from the white line cut , which developed in the 16th century. With the technique of black line cutting, only plastic hatchings are created, but no tints. If these are added, one speaks of a colored facsimile cut , provided that the graphic element of the black drawing is in the foreground and the tones are then added to this framework similar to a coloring . The “colored” in this cutting technique should not be taken literally, as it is not multicolored. The template here is a colored or washed drawing. If a chalk drawing is reproduced, the grain manner is used , in which the lines are broken ( grained ) by subsequent, irregular cutting .


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