Saturday, October 26, 2013

Woodblock Printing


I had a lovely 2 day woodblock printing class at Mass College of Art for the last 2 Saturdays. I learned so much about the process. It was a whirlwind class but I think I have enough information to go ahead on my own with it from here. It is a fascinating process. There are so many Japanese names to remember for various things but it was fun to learn them all. I used some of my gelatin print shapes to create this piece. It was made using 3 different plates. The first plate was not carved at all. Just inked. That created the background for the piece.

Then came the inking and printing of this plate which I had carved using special woodcarving tools:

And then the third plate to overprint the first two:


It was my teachers (Lisa Houck) idea to add the sun and I am so glad she suggested it. I think it would have been quite bare at the top without it.

She is going to be offering another class this winter on white line woodcuts but unfortunately I will be away on those dates. Hopefully she will offer it again at some point.


13 comments:

Robbie said...

Lovely, beautiful, well done piece, Roberta! Very, very nice!

BluMoon said...

These are beautiful and I love your choice of colours.

Kate Fern said...

very interesting to hear how you went with the wood cut, I had a try a couple of years ago and found it much harder to carve than lino - which I'm most used to. Your print is great, and I love the carved plates too!!

Kate Fern said...

so interesting to hear how you went with your woodcut. I had a go a couple of years ago and found it much harder to carve than lino - which I'm used to. Your print is great and I love the carved blocks too!!

Aine Scannell said...

Roberta !!! things are looking good here I am wondering if you have combined the gelatin prints with the woodcut here ? Was it Moku Hanga you were doing on the course ?

Hope you have a good week carrying on with this !

Thread Born said...

HI Roberta- It's so hard for me to keep up with blogs at the moment but when I saw your post, I couldn't help myself! I so enjoyed this post and then scrolled down to read a few more. I love your prints! So glad the Audubon Society found you.-Julie

Roberta said...

Aline, yes I took some of my gelatin print masks and traced them onto the woodblock. I think it was Moku Hanga. I am still not sure of all the Japanese terms!

Roberta said...

Thank you Robbie!

Roberta said...

It is on Shina plywood which is a bit easier to cut. The tools need to be very sharp!

Roberta said...

Thanks so much Julie. I know what you mean. There are so many wonderful blogs it is hard to keep up! I have the same problem!

maccandace said...

Those are stunning. It's so cool that you always want to learn more techniques. A true artist.

Roberta said...

Thanks Candace. I sometimes feel all over the place!

jackie said...

I like the texture from your wood cuts. Thank you for mentioning Carla's workshop which I am now trying.