“Transcription” Wood Engraving : December 2011 100 mm x 100 mm Artists Proof, Lemonwood Block, Lawrence’s Seville Black Letterpress Ink on Japanese Kozo Paper. Printed using an 1892 Albion Press © chriswoodartist all rights reserved 2012
This tiny print is my interpretation of a section of a reproduction of an abstract painting by an unknown British artist. Last December I did a one day wood engraving workshop at Omega Printmaking Studio with master printmaker, Garrick Palmer. Wood engraving is something I’ve always wanted to do but there are so few people that do it and consequently very few workshops to pass on the skills. I subsequently bought a resingrave block which is about 50 x 75 mm (2″ x 3″ ) and is made from mdf with a 1.5mm layer of very hard white plastic, which is the surface that you carve into and subsequently gets printed from. Having made a practice print in boxwoood then the above in Lemonwood, I’ve decided that the traditional materials are the best – they may be prohibitively expensive but the results are well worth the extra investment.
More news plus the trials and tribulations of printmaking later . . .