We will carve a line drawing into a pine board and then spend our second day learning how to print your woodcut with watercolors.
This tradition of printmaking, invented so long ago on the tip of Cape Cod, is still being carried out today by several area artists. No printing press is required for this technique and students can easily continue exploring the medium at home.
In this workshop we will be carving wood blocks and inking them with watercolors and nori paste (a dispersing agent) to create painterly gradations of color called bokashi.f
Students will have the opportunity to create two and three color prints and to experiment with Japanese papers.
When this technique was invented in Provincetown over one hundred years ago, it was a way to make Japanese Woodblock printing easier. Instead of carving a separate block for each color and registering the blocks, all of the colors are on one block. Each area is hand painted with watercolor, making this a type of printing that is very painterly.
Take my White Line Woodcut Workshop on the Cape!
I will be teaching a Japanese Woodblock Printing workshop as a Visiting Artist at the Falmouth Art Center in July.