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I got a scanner this week and am starting to digitise my experiments with printmaking. Here is the first set of woodcut prints I made back in Sept 2003.
Last September, Adam's mum Penny invited me to a printmaking class she was taking in North Sydney. I've always enjoyed all kinds of visual arts, so I gladly joined the class and started learning about woodcut prints, lino prints, and making etchings on zinc and copper plates.
I finally have access to a scanner again (bought one this week with money from my first permanent employee paycheck, woo woo!), so I've started scanning in some examples of the prints I made. Here are the first set of prints I ever made, in order to learn woodcut or woodblock printing.
This was my first simple assignment: pick a subject and draw an outline in it, then carve out the lines. This method produces an inverse image of the subject-- white line print. I picked a shell as my model and sketched a very simple version of it. You can see I was still getting used to carving, as there's an out of place scratch.
At this point I added decoration to my shell. I decided it should be on a beach and sneakily used sand and pebbles to cover up my oops. I also learned how to carve parallel grooves to make a black outline of a shape.
This is an offset print. The light yellow ink is pressed first and then covered with a slightly offset print of black to make interesting highlights.
Finally, I made a reduction print. I made some light-coloured copies of the print with my shell on the beach block. Then I carved away additional areas where I wanted medium tones and made a red print over the yellow. I carved away even more the third time and made a blue print over that. The final result has white, highlights, midtones and shadows. Of course, then the original cut is lost, so I can't really use the block anymore.
Well, that's it for now. Much more to follow later.