“Jessica Reclining”, February 3, 2004, woodblock print – 17 state reduction, sumi on Iwano Ichibei hosho, Edition of 20 (24 sheets printed). Pigment is sumi — Baren Mall Neri-zumi dense, flat, very concentrated — mixed into rice starch paste. Partially printed with the wonderful new Korokoro Baren also from Baren Mall, and partially with my […]
Another mostly failed attempt to realize a full-color woodcut. The source was a water-color self portrait I painted a few years ago. The reduction print was carved from three blocks in various reductions. A ‘yellow’ block was carved and printed three times, a ‘blue’ block was carved and printed four times, and a ‘red’ block […]
“Fixing Hair”, January 5, 2004, 21.75 x 7.35 inches, woodblock print – 23 state reduction, Prussian Blue and Sumi on Iwano Ichibei hosho, Edition of 20 (28 sheets printed).
Pigment is Prussian Blue pigment suspension and sumi, both from Daniel Smith* mixed into a little home-brewed rice paste I cooked up from Lineco, Inc Neutral pH Pure Rice Starch (McClain’s now has some nice Japanese rice starch, too). I jury rigged a primitive sort of double boiler from my hot water pot heating some […]
This was a ‘rush’ job for Baren Exchange #18 — someone actually had the cajones to drop out over one month AFTER the exchange deadline, and I was the next one on the waiting list. So I said, “give me a week.” and it’s been six days, so 31 of these go in the mail […]
“Rachel”, Nov 2003, 16 x 5 ;inches, woodblock print – 15 state reduction, graphite on Yamaguchi Hosho paper.
I used a Spanish Cedar block for this print — you can see the marked grain of the wood (horizontal light colored lines) in the detail below. The overall mottling in the color of the print is from the very textured (and very beautiful!) Inomachi paper.
“Puzzle Print” (after Toyokuni II), Maria Arango coordinated a Baren Forum collaborative print. Maria supplied each printer with a block (one piece of the puzzle) for “What is Baren” (Project details).
“Jessica Turning”, woodblock print, 11 state reduction, graphite on Yamaguchi Hosho paper approximately 10″ x 7.5″ (chuban) completed October 21, 2003. This was my first experiment with graphite. I bought a one pound bag from Daniel Smith for about $10. Used about a teaspoon to produce these fifty-two 11″ x 8″ sheets (later trimmed to […]
“Jessica” woodcut approximately 15″ x 10″ completed September 19, 2003 while teaching a five day Japanese technique woodblock printmaking class at the wonderful Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut. Printed from a single cherry plank in 19 carvings and printings on handmade paper by Yamaguchi Kazuo.