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Arts of Japan series : print #4 - printing begins

Posted by Dave Bull at 10:52 PM, September 21, 2012 [Permalink]

So here we go ... the blocks are all done; time to get printing!

Because there are is a fair amount of detail in this image - hair, etc. - it is important for me to get the paper into 'good' condition, so before beginning the printing with pigments, I gave it an impression on a blank woodblock. This left the paper (in the central area only) with a nice smooth surface, and also helped me get the moisture to the proper 'soft' level. Once the paper had recovered, I began the main printing, starting of course with the key block:

At the end of that day, I then took the stack out from its moistening sheets, and dried them all off completely. I did this because if I simply pressed ahead with the colour printing in the usual way there would be a lot of 'transfer' of these black lines. Key block printing is normally done with a not-so-dense black pigment and very little paste, giving a result that doesn't usually transfer while printing colours, but in this case, in order to get her hair to a nice dense level, I had to use a pretty rich mix (along with plenty of paste) and that is a perfect recipe for transfer.

Drying the sheets and letting them sit for a day or so before re-wetting helps obviate most of the transfer, and early this morning, I was able to continue with the printing, beginning with an under-tone for the main kimono:

Most of this will be covered up by subsequent tones ...


Following comment posted by: Ken Morgan on September 22, 2012 12:31 AM

Dave-Willow Lane is prepared to ADD this to it's collection. From what I can see now the hair will present it's self as advertised.
This is a very fine addition to the set

Following comment posted by: Jacques on September 22, 2012 9:04 AM

It shouldn't come as a surprise that I'm following your carving and printing of this Harunobu print with keen interest. So far, the results are absolutely wonderful!

Following comment posted by: Dave on September 22, 2012 9:10 AM

Thanks Jacques ... It's the main colour overlay on the kimono area that is going to 'make' this print ... I'll be starting work on that in a few minutes, as soon as I finish up my morning email and blog updating!

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