The Old Print Shop



Raised in Alexandria, VA., Emily studied at Beloit College, Beloit, WI; Academia Artium, Madrid, Spain; University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; Pratt Graphics Center, NY; and The Arts Students League, NY.   She is a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA), Audubon Artists, National Arts Club, Salmagundi Club, and Albany Print Club.

Emily Trueblood makes prints almost exclusively using relief printmaking techniques of linoleum or linocut and woodcut blocks. The artist sketches a composition on a block of linoleum or wood and then cuts away pieces from the surface with a chisel or gouge, leaving a raised area which will receive the ink.  A roller is used to apply ink to the raised surface, and the image is transferred to paper with a press or by hand burnishing. Since the recessed cut-away areas do not receive ink, they appear white (paper color) on the printed image.  Traditionally, if an artist wants to incorporate multiple colors into the linocut/woodcut, each color will be printed with its own carved block – a more complex system needing a strict method of registration to avoid overlapping or misplacement.   Emily has also mastered the rainbow roll – a printmaking technique that makes subtle gradations and color blends.