Woodcuts can normally be detected by this crude appearance and the flat feel of the printed areas when touched.Sometimes there is a slight indentation of the paper where printed, pressed in by the raised image.
In these models, close-ups of a carved woodblock (above) and engraved copperplate (below) are shown, corresponding to a curved black line on the print behind it, at two time periods.
Prints have been made on papyrus, vellum, silk and other materials, but the vast majority of antique prints are made on paper.
The quality and content of the paper has varied considerably over the years.
Printing is done either by rubbing the back side of a piece of paper placed on the inked surface of the block, or by running both paper and block through a press.
Woodcut In this process, dating back to medieval times, the artist draws a design directly on a flat block of wood (usually cut on the side grain).