Relief Print Crows

I wanted to show how little is required to do relief printing.  In this photo is everything that is required; A block of material to carve, paper to print on, ink to print with, a hard surface (glass in this case) to roll out your ink on, a rubber roller and something to force contact between block and paper.  I am using a bamboo barren but a wooden spoon can be used as well.  And of course something to carve with. It is a very accessible art form,  maybe you did it as a child cutting shapes into potatoes and using them as stamps.  Art or craft it’s irrelevant if you enjoy creating something. 

Here I’ve done a proof to see if there is anything that needs refining.  I changed my mind mid way through creating this block, dropping the idea of a colour gradient back ground and just leaving the individual cuts visible.  This clearly isn’t a lesson in how to print but I hope that seeing the simplicity of  relief  printing is encouragement if it’s something you’ve thought of doing.

2 Responses to “Relief Print Crows”

  • Nikhil Ramkarran Says:

    I love woodcuts, you are a true artist Wallace. That vision must find its way into the world, no matter the medium.

    How about scanning a few of these and putting them up for your fans?

  • Wallace Says:

    Thank you Nikhil, I’ve been thinking about how to handle the thousands of photos’s and art work that I create and while the blog has an immediacy to it the images get forgotten. So I think that I may create some galleries where I can group images, much like your website has.

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