Drawing inspiration from the surroundings of the Botanic Garden, this two-day workshop will enable you to work with this natural, expressive material to bring out the beauty of wood through the medium of print.
You will explore how to use the natural grain textures of wood as well as creating your own images and learn how to hand- burnish prints echoing the traditional Japanese method.
This workshop covers the complete process from how to prepare your block for printing, to using thin paper, including some beautiful Japanese papers, and producing lasting prints in artist quality inks. You will work with some textured wood pieces, hand burnishing to reveal the natural line and textures, creating backgrounds for future prints as well as finished prints. Working on a test piece of Japanese plywood you will become familiar with the tools and techniques, before moving on to a second piece of wood to create your own image.
On the second day there is the opportunity to work with a new block of Side Grain Hardwood using traditional and contemporary tools, continuing to employ printing methods you can use at home without a press. You will learn how to cut a simple image using line, mark making and texture, into the harder surface of a side grain cut piece of wood. These simple traditional methods produce distinctive and dramatic prints.
The tutor will demonstrate the techniques and show examples of woodcut prints. Some materials and tools will be available to use, but you will need your own set of tools. Download Woodblock printing equipment list for more information.
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