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Arts of Japan series : embossment blocks part 2

Posted by Dave Bull at 2:35 AM, March 22, 2012 [Permalink]

So the two blocks that will be used for the borders and embossment decorations on all the (horizontal) prints in this series are now done:

... and ...

As you can see on the outline block, I inlaid a bit of boxwood at the place where the title was to be carved.

Given that there are going to be 18 prints in the series - 9 of them printed from this block - at an 'edition' size of about 200, that's a bit more wear and tear than I would like to submit the cherry to. Boxwood will do fine. (Not to mention that it is much more pleasure to carve!)


Following comment posted by: Gayle on March 22, 2012 11:45 PM

Are the raised areas to prevent the paper from sinking into the middle?

Following comment posted by: Dave on March 23, 2012 12:27 AM

sinking ...

Pretty much, yes. Although the area for the karazuri embossing plays a double role - it is also a support for my fingers to hold the paper in place, as seen in this set of photos.

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