The Hands-on Museum
How are book illustrations made?
Artistic prints can also be created using simple, everyday household and natural materials. There are no limits to your imagination when devising your own graphics.
The invention of book printing with movable metal type also gave rise to the desire among printers to print illustrations and decorative elements. This presupposed the production of image printing forms. In the first decades after the invention of the printing press, many illustrations and ornaments, in particular initials, were often painted by hand into the existing printed text. But soon the printers started to used book printing methods, especially woodcut, for this.
Activity: Here you can make your own linocut pattern which can then be printed using a small printing press. Alternatively, the leaf of a plant or even a CD that has been etched can serve as a print template. Other printing techniques such as woodcut, wood engraving, copper engraving and lithography are presented using examples of historical book illustrations.
Age: from class eight
Curriculum link: Art
Information and reservation:
Phone: +49 341 2271-324
Information German Museum of Books and Writing
- Clay tablets - Scrolls - Codices: How old are our books?
- Children's books throughout history
- Paper folding
- Matchstick men and flip books: a serious guide to a fun topic
- Child's play with paper: Paper and papier-mâché
- The art of calligraphy
- From papyrus to paper
- Nature printing
- Home-made decorated paper
- From pages to books: A step-by-step guide to bookbinding
- 24 dots and dashes: Chinese script
- Black on white: book printing
- The Book of Books: The Bible
- The medieval book
- The book city of Leipzig
- Short history of handwriting
- Typography: The ABC of typefaces
- How are book illustrations made?
- Family Sunday
- Creative workshop
- Holiday programme
- Museum Trunk
- Welcome! The Hands-on Museum
- Creative programme for the over-60s
- Guided tours for children
Last update: 23.6.2017