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HOW WE MAKE OUR WOODCUT PRINTS


Tugboat Printshop carving woodcuts


From start-to-finish, every aspect of the making of our woodcut print editions is done 100% by hand
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Our collaborative drawings start as pencil sketches on blocks that are later drawn over in pen.

Tugboat Printshop Woodcut tools

Woodcarving chisels & knives are then used to hand-carve our drawings in low relief.

Tugboat Printshop's Studios in Pittsburgh, PA

To print our finished carvings onto paper, the blocks are evenly rolled up with ink.

Paper is placed on the inky woodcut surface and the paper & block are sent together through the press.


"MOTH" Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop

Generally, we use a new block for every color in our woodcuts.

Blocks are all printed individually, impressions layering to create the finished image.


Printing the "MOTH" Woodcut by Tugboat Printshop

The heavy, even pressure of the press's roller prints the ink from the block onto paper.

Golden Yellow Moth Woodcut Print, Woodblock Print by Tugboat Printshop

The "MOTH" woodcut is 16" x 22" on Okawara paper, printed from two blocks.


HAND-DRAWN, HAND-CARVED WOODCUTS


Drawing THE MOON Woodcut

Much care is taken in the wood carving to maintain the original drawing.

Pictured is the "
THE MOON" woodcut. Above, as a drawing; below, cut & ready for proofing.

Carving THE MOON Woodcut by Tugboat Printshop

The carved sphere of "THE MOON" in the key block was jigsawed from the larger block.

We printed two colors simultaneously on the press. (The 'MOON' was inked in red black, the sky in blue.)



THE MOON Woodcut Print Woodblock Print by Tugboat Printshop (detail)

(ABOVE) A detail of the finished woodcut print "THE MOON". Printed from 2 blocks, more info HERE.



HAND-CARVING TINY WOODCUT DETAILS


"RUBY RED ROSE" wood blocks by Tugboat Printshop


A detail of the "
RUBY RED ROSE" shows the tiny recesses that are carved out to create the printable block.

Many different techniques can be utilized to bring a drawing to life as a woodcut.


"CRYSTAL SKULL" Woodblock, just inked for printing!



MULTI-BLOCK COLOR WOODCUTS


Sometimes we create many blocks to build color in layers.

Multiple blocks layer printed color to create a wide range of hues in the print.



The "BONFIRE
" print is made from 5 woodblocks.

After carving the key, we transferred the image and planned, drew, and carved each color block accordingly.


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(ABOVE) All 4 color blocks carved & (BELOW) All 4 color blocks printed!

Bonfire Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop (Life of Leisure)..Bonfire Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop (Life of Leisure)

Bonfire Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop (Life of Leisure)..Bonfire Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop (Life of Leisure)

The finished print with the black key detail printed on all of the color layers.

Bonfire Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop (detail)



WOODCUTS GALORE!


Tugboat Printshop Color Woodcut Prints




We are always making new woodcut prints!

We snap pictures while we're working & post them to our FLICKR and FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

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