19 May 2007

Japanese woodblock printing

This weekend I'm taking part in a Japanese woodblock printing course at Dundee Contemporary Arts. The six of us who were taking part spent most of the morning learning Japanese calligraphy so that we could base our woodblock designs on Japanese characters. Above is my stylised version of a character meaning "spring".

In the afternoon we traced our designs and transferred them to wooden blocks, then began to carve them out and add texture to the background areas. Then we prepared paper for tomorrow's printing session.

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