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[River in Summer - 11] - Texturing colour blocks

Posted by Dave Bull at 7:41 PM, May 22, 2007

Continued from [River in Summer - 10] | Starting point of the thread is [River in Summer]

With the bulk of the carving on a number of the colour blocks now 'finished' - or approaching completion - I can start to 'play' with them a bit. Here's a block with the carving done:

Here it is with the kyogo remnants washed off:

Seems basically ready for printing, and if this were a print of the ukiyo-e type, it would be. But this is a landscape image, and one with many overlays of colour. I want it to have more 'texture' than a traditional 'flat' print. So ... here's the same block - a few minutes later - after texturing:

Hmm ... not too visible. Let's zoom in:

And if you click for an enlargement of this photo, you get a very close-up shot of a small area of the wood.

When printing begins, some of the impressions will be smooth and flat colour, others will be printed in a textured manner, and others will be printed from textured blocks like this. Test printing - with such an infinite range of possibilities available - is going to be 'fun'!

The thread continues in [River in Summer - 12] ...


Following comment posted by: Tom Kristensen on May 23, 2007 11:39 PM

Bold move Dave! I look forward to seeing a room full of proof sheets

Following comment posted by: vlad on May 24, 2007 12:06 AM

Dave, you carving rascal...
watching you do this is a real treat.
Pray tell, how did you get the texture into the wood in that last photo....I've tried chewing on my blocks and all it's done is put splinters between my teeth.

Following comment posted by: Sharri on May 24, 2007 2:45 AM

How did you do that?

Following comment posted by: Julio Rodriguez on May 24, 2007 8:05 AM

The closeup looks like a piece of meat after being hammered by a tenderizer....I bet you beat your block up with something..a wood mallet or maybe some rough stone...

Following comment posted by: Dave on May 24, 2007 8:33 AM

a wood mallet

Nope ... much easier than that! I used a small table-top etching press, and a piece of worn out 60-grit sandpaper.

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