Woodcut printing



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woodcut2Woodcut print Basswood is designed to replicate the wood traditionally used for Japanese wood cuts. A layer of Basswood is pressed to both sides of the block, making it cost effective and easy to use.  We had a go in the warehouse recently, see above for the finished print. We made a start by painting the surface of the Basswood block with indian ink and waiting for it to dry thoroughly, so that we could see the cuts we make. We cut the design using our ultra sharp Japanese woodcut tools. They are the ideal set to get started. As the design is a moonlit river, we thought it would be nice to use 2 colours for inking up. Lawrence original linseed relief mid blue for the sky and black for the foliage. We printed on Masa White Japanese paper (shiny side up) with a traditional baren.