I'm so excited I finally get to share this print with you!!! I feel like I've been working for this print for forever! Actually, I probably have since it's the first complete print edition that I've made this semester. So you could say I've been working on this since January. Three months doesn't seem like an awful long time, but in printmaking any period of time seems like a long time. Eh, it's all relative.
Well, whatever time I spent on this piece sure was worth it. Each lady was hand carved, making nine blocks total. Yeah, I carved the same image nine times. I then mounted each block onto a matte board to create one large plate. After printing two colors, I cut each cheek from my favorite German paper, Hahnemühle Ingres, and then glue it to each lady. The final touch was the lips. Initially, I was going to print it just like the rest of the piece. I had carved the lips out from the shino wood block and even mixed ink to get it to the exact color of the Hahnemühle paper. However, I ran into a problem. I couldn't line up the lips to the rest of the print. Since it was such a small area, minuscule really, I thought it the easiest to avoid running it through the press. That created the registration problem. Plus red ink wouldn't set on top of the dried layers of ink. Anyway, my professor advised I just hand color it with Prisma color pencil, a scarlet red. It was a relief to finally finish the print, but most of all it was a relief that it looked just as perfectly wonderful with the Prisma colored lips.
Printmaking is such a feat. I feel like you're only able to make art through your mistakes. But I'm a novice printmaker. Maybe after 20 years I'll know all the ins and outs, no longer making any mistake. Yeah, right. Well, despite not wanting to do a woodcut in the first place, I learned to love it because I was able to keep to my style in a medium that I thought impossible to translate my work into. So you won't be seeing the last of me reductive woodcut!
Now sit back, relax and enjoy this piece. You can either enjoy it by looking at photos on it online, or you can purchase your very own in the shop!
reductive woodcute, chine colle (ingres hahnemuhle paper), and hand color with Prisma pencil on a 20 x 24 inch Japanese rice paper, Hosho.