HOW TUGBOAT MAKES WOODCUT PRINTS
Tugboat Printshop artists make traditional woodcut prints from start-to-finish by hand.
Drawings start as pencil sketches on blocks that are later drawn in pen, then carved.
Generally, a new block is used for every color.
Blocks are printed individually, impressions layering to create the finished image.
The heavy, even pressure of the press's roller impresses ink from the woodblock to fine paper.
The "MOTH" woodcut is 16" x 22" on Okawara paper, printed from two blocks.
HAND-DRAWN, HAND-CARVED WOODCUTS
Much care is taken in carving blocks to maintain the original drawing.
Pictured is the "THE MOON" woodcut. Above, as a drawing; below, cut & ready for proofing.
The carved sphere of "THE MOON" in the key block was jigsawed from the larger block.
Two colors were printed simultaneously on press; the moon was inked in red black, the sky in blue.
(ABOVE) A detail of the "THE MOON" woodcut by Valerie & Paul. More info HERE.
HAND-CARVING TINY WOODCUT DETAILS
A detail of the "RUBY RED ROSE" shows the tiny recesses carved in relief to create the printable block.
Many different techniques can be utilized to bring a drawing to life as a woodcut.
MULTI-BLOCK COLOR WOODCUTS
Sometimes many blocks are created, building color in layers.
The "BONFIRE" print is made from 5 woodblocks.
The finished "BONFIRE" print with the black key detail printed on the color.
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