Paper preparation

9:00 AM: With all the preparation for carving now done, it's time to look ahead a little bit, and start preparing the paper for the printing. For this print I will use a 'hosho' paper made by Mr. Kazuo Yamaguchi of Fukui Prefecture. The exchange print needs an edition of 30, so I cut 40 sheets to the proper size, and moisten them. My 'mizubake' (water brush) isn't very visible in this photo, but I am brushing quite a lot of water over the sheets ... every second one. I also moisten a number of folded sheets of newsprint, stack the whole batch together, and slip it into a large plastic bag where the moisture will even out over the coming few hours.

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