|Lily 8.25×6.25 Woodblock print with watercolor and colored pencil|
Process shots begin at the bottom of this post. The woodblock print is available in my Etsy shop.
|The shina block Lily was printed from, after printing an edition of 25|
|prints hanging to dry|
|pulling prints on a variety of papers|
|Shallow contour carving, in the direction of the grain, ready to proof print.|
I used black marker and some watercolors to map the “dont cut here” sections. I usually seal my drawing & color notes with Minwax Golden Pecan Wood Sealer, using a foam applicator. It smooths wood grain, reduces chipping while cutting, and facilitates wiping ink after proof printing to get back to the drawing if more carving is needed. Flexcut palm tools are my favorite carving knives.
|inspired by a doodle, sketched onto a block of shina wood|
Are you familiar with the wonderful woodcuts produced by Tugboat Printshop every year? They do crazy-detailed, large format block prints, in multiple colors. Here’s a snippet of video, showing a little carving expertise on the woodcut Garden. Cutting a woodblock is a slow and meditative process – not to be rushed. It’s a perfect medium to try for any creative someone who wants to s-l-o-w-d-o-w-n. Be inspired. 🙂 If you receive this post via email, you can watch the video here.