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Arts of Japan series : print #1 - printing steps 21~22

Posted by Dave Bull at 2:04 AM, April 20, 2012 [Permalink]

The final two steps use blocks that will be applied to all prints in the series - first the border lines and series title:

And then the Plum Blossom embossing for a decorative border:

This embossing is similar to the one I carved for the previous Mystique series, but has an interesting difference. There are ten Japanese characters 'buried' in it, reading: 版画玉手箱 日本の美術 (Hanga Tamatebako - Nihon no Bijutsu), which is of course the name of the series in Japanese.

So we're done! To see a larger image, and the story that goes along with it, please visit the Arts of Japan website. And while you're there, don't forget to check the Subscription Page!

And now, I'm going to take off my printer's hat for a week or so, strap on my tool belt, and get busy on the case production line ... (I'll post an update on this tomorrow ...)


Following comment posted by: Dale on April 20, 2012 12:54 PM

AWESOME! What a great print to start off this new series. I can hardly wait until it arrives in my mailbox! And thanks for the explanation of the characters in the embossed border. I had seen them when you were carving the blocks but forgot to ask what the translation of the characters might be...

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