About Woodcuts

Woodcuts

When beginning a woodcut, I usually use the following approach: With India Ink and using a small brush, I draw the image on the board, keeping in mind that the drawing must be done as a mirror image. Before proceeding with the cutting, I stain the entire surface with a mixture of oil paint and gum turpentine. This darkens the surface, making it easier to see the cuts as they are done and also prevents the block from drying out and thus cracking. At this point, I begin to carve out the drawn image, all the while removing the areas that are to remain white in the final product. This slow subtraction of wood continues until the desired design is revealed. When the cutting is completed, ink is applied to the block’s surface. After placing a piece of handmade paper face down on the inked surface, the process of printing begins. I rub the back of the paper with an assortment of tools transferring the ink from the block onto the paper producing a print. Finally, the prints are signed and numbered in limited editions.


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