A method that exploits the surface characteristics of any material. In relief printing the image to be transferred to paper (or other surface) is raised above the surface of the printing plate. Ink is applied to the raised surface then rolled or stamped onto the substrate. The relief printing process is similiar to using an inkpad and stamp. It is the most direct form of print making. The image can be built up using a wide variety of objects pasted onto a board in low relief, the surface of which is inked. A print is taken by placing the paper on top and either rubbing the back or by running through a press.