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AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL | COLOR WOODCUT PRINT, 2009.


AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL (America Map) Woodcut Print, Woodblock Print by Tugboat Printshop

America the Beautiful Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop


"AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL"
24" x 32" Color Woodcut Print on Ivory Somerset Paper (Paper size 26" x 34")
Paul Roden + Valerie Lueth, 2009.

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LIMITED EDITION OF 200 PRINTS.
$425.00




America the Beautiful (eagle detail) Woodcut Print

In the making of "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL", we hoped to capture a positive spirit of America.

We made a topographical image of the United States in an effort to represent America as one unified land.

No visible state boundaries puts focus on cities, national monuments & general regional land characteristics.


"AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL" reads as a simultaneous narrative.

Tucked into the landscape are references to American history & our growth as adaptable, pioneering people.


Other small details of note?

There are 50 stars in the top bunting, with 13 stars for the original colonies in the central banner.

Also, notice that Old Glory never touches the ground.



We first exhibitied 'AMERICA' in MANIFEST HOPE: DC, an art exhibition celebrating the 44th inauguration.

Copy #44 hangs in the White House Offices in the Old Executive Office Building at 1700 Pennsylvania Ave., DC.






DRAWING & CARVING "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL"


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America the Beautiful Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop..America the Beautiful Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop

From drawing to print! All of our woodcuts start as detailed, original drawings on blocks of birch plywood.

We draw in reverse so our images will print in the correct orientation.

America the Beautiful Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop


MAKING COLOR WOODBLOCKS & PRINTING AMERICA


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Four total color blocks were drawn and carved with information to color the 'AMERICA' landscape.

Each block prints one color. The block color layers to build the final print.

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The paper is pulled up from the inked black/key block after a final run through the press.

Additional photos of our work drawing, carving and printing 'AMERICA' can be viewed on OUR FLICKR.

America the Beautiful Woodcut Print by Tugboat Printshop


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