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[River in Summer] - How the print is made

Posted by Dave Bull at 3:49 PM, May 3, 2007

Over the next six weeks or so, I am going to show the complete process of how one of my woodblock prints is made. The print in question is the first one from my new 'My Solitudes' series - the River in Summer.

We're going to start here - with the basic outline drawing:

That doesn't look like much yet, but six weeks is a long time, and there are going to be a lot of steps along the way. Here's an outline of what to expect:

  • This drawing will be pasted onto a plank of wood.
  • I will then carve the design, taking away all the surrounding wood, and leaving just the lines standing.
  • From that completed 'key block', I will pull a number of impressions on thin paper.
  • Using one of those 'prints' for each colour that I wish to appear in the completed print, I will mark them up as a guide for how the colour blocks should be carved.
  • Those sheets are then pasted down on fresh pieces of wood, and carved.
  • Once the complete set of blocks is ready (around the beginning of June), I will start printing.
  • The key block will be printed first, and then the colour blocks one by one (maybe around 30 of them) until the complete image comes together.
  • To produce the 200 prints that I plan to make of this design, will take around a month of printing.

I hope you enjoy following along with me, as the print comes to life over the coming weeks ...

The thread continues in [River in Summer - 1] ..


Following comment posted by: suzan on July 27, 2007 11:38 PM

Your woodcut and slide show are wonderful. I am going back to work after raising kids. My first job is a junior high art teacher which starts in a couple of weeks. I am sure I'd like to show your woodcut slide show sometime during the year, if that is OK with you.

Following comment posted by: Dave on July 27, 2007 11:46 PM

if that is OK with you.

That's what it's all there for!

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