10 Random Facts About Xylography
1. Xylography is the art of making woodcuts or wood engravings, especially by a relatively primitive technique.the art of wood engraving.
2. It comes from the Greek word Xylo which means wood.
3. It was first practiced in China, then picked up in Europe centuries later.
4. A block of wood is used in somewhat the same manner as a rubber stamp, a xylographer cuts and/or carves wood away from those parts of the design that will not be inked.
5. This is a very tricky process, especially for those who has difficulty visualizing things backwards, or mentally switching positive for negative.
6. The process was extended to the making of religious pictures.
7. As engravers became more skillful, they started adding text.
8. The text on the engraving became more important than the illustration.
9. There is an Xylograpy Museam in Campos do Jordao, Brazil
10. If a color other than black is part of the final print, separate, coordinating blocks must be painstakingly carved for each color.