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HOW TUGBOAT MAKES WOODCUT PRINTS


Tugboat Printshop carving woodcuts


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.


"MOTH" Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop

Generally, a new block is used for every color.

Blocks are 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 impresses ink from the woodblock to fine 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 carving blocks 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.

Two colors were printed simultaneously on 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 "THE MOON" woodcut by Valerie & Paul. 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 carved in relief 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 many blocks are created, building color in layers.



The "BONFIRE" print is made from 5 woodblocks.

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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 "BONFIRE" print with the black key detail printed on the color.

Bonfire Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop (detail)



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