In addition to studying painting and art education in college, I studied printmaking. Though I didn't get to take nearly as many classes as I wanted to (they say it takes an average of seven years to get through art school; I took ten), I did manage to fall in love with making woodcuts. I've made a few here and there since my college days, and thought I'd share a recent print with you.
Unfortunately, this is not a tutorial, though I suppose I could work one up for the next print I do, it's just some pics of the process. The final product is nice, but the process is what makes it so cool, in my opinion. There are so many steps, and the actual cutting of the wood can be extremely meditative. Note: Don't drink and cut. I learned this the hard way one night with a bottle glass of red wine; the tool went straight into my bare foot- I was sitting cross-legged, at home, on the couch. That was eleven years ago, and I've never made the same mistake. Great- now I've probably jinxed myself.
Anyway... Amanda, at Kind Over Matter recently introduced me to my new favorite band and their songs feuled my process. You can have a listen if you like (she's got more of her favorites over at KOM):
Disclamier: I am a night owl, so most of the lighting on my pics suck. Sorry. Okay, here you go:
Um, yeah- waxed paper on a baking sheet isn't really the professional way to do it, but hey, you gotta' work with what you have!
I use a Japanese printing paper called Kitakata (kinda' makes me want a kit kat). Instead of rolling the block and paper through a press, when you hand print, you use this little tool called a "baren". The nicer ones are not made out of plastic- they are made out of reed, bamboo, or beech wood.
Again- workin' with what I have; I don't have any drying racks in my studio, so onto the blinds they go to dry!
Hope you enjoyed this little journey. I'm doing a heart next, so maybe I'll think about having my camera around for the full process. A tutorial would be fun!