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Topic: Wood Block Printed Thank Yous  (Read 780 times)
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« on: May 20, 2010 08:04:40 AM »

I can't believe how long its been since I've posted.  Summer is upon me and my first project was making thank you cards for professionals that came to an event at my school and looked at my work.  Since I'm a designer I definitely wanted to make my own.  I also wanted to make sure they knew they were handmade so I did some printmaking for the first time quite a while.  This is my final product.  Sorry For the cell phone pics.. bluetooth makes it too convenient not to!

Here was my first round where I did traditional Japanese woodblock printing.  It's a very odd process where the block and the paper all have to be perfectly damp and watercolor or gouache is used instead of ink.  Although I love doing this kind of printmaking it wasn't the professional look I was going for as the paper really ended up curling on me.

And here's my process that worked best in the end.  I ended up using my carved woodblock as I usually use lino-cut.  I just inked it with my brayer and pressed it by hand with my barren.  The texture I am in LOVE with came from the paper.  It's a paper made for acrylic painting so I think it is covered in a layer of some kind of plastic  linen type texture.  I wish I could've used color but I knew I wouldn't have time to get more ink before these should be in the mail.  Anyways.. i bought a big piece of wood and just keep carving parts of it for different projects, I believe it's called shiva wood- great for carving.


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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2010 04:42:58 PM »

these look great, how did you print, do you have a press or did you press the paper into the block and burnish it?

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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2010 07:34:51 AM »

I did it by hand.. i wish i had a press to use though!

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