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almost there…

I’m nearly close to finishing this print, at this point
I’m slowly darkening the background, one
subtle layer at a time.
The prints are still damp (and buckled) here, so the background
appears dark. But once the ink is 
completely dry it will lighten considerably. 
So not sure yet how much darker I will go on it.

A better quality pic will be coming soon!

26 Jun 2011

little squirts

During the early stages of printing this block,
I noticed a darker streak printing
right up the middle of my image.
Turns out it’s a flawed seam in the
surface layer of the wood.
I wasn’t too worried because most of that
area was going to be carved away and
wouldn’t be noticeable.
Then yesterday, the last remaining
portion of the seam
(right at the top of the print)
decided to start squirting out ink
onto the paper margin whenever I passed over
it with the baren. Ugh.
Of course, with moku hanga, there is no
time to stop and trouble shoot once
printing has begun. All I could do was dab off
most of the excess with a paper towel.
So tonight, I’ve carved out the offensive seam
and I’m filling it in with wood glue….
and hoping for the best tomorrow morning
when I continue printing!
21 Jun 2011


I’m rather enjoying a vacation 
from my Dremel, and getting
re-acquainted with my hand tools!
The block just prior to printing reduction #5.

This is the print so far, after printing the
fifth gray value. The image is a departure for me,
no portrait this time! It’s a draped
Buddha head statue.
More to come….
15 Jun 2011

a dremel-free print

I decided to ditch my dremel for
the current woodcut that I’m working on
and use tools exclusively. 
But what was I thinking? So far, this tedious carving
has given me cramps in my hand..

And as usual, with every moku hanga print I do,
I have some new problem to solve. This 
time, my paper (in the damp pack) is sticking
to each other, causing some
surface abrasion.
Hmmm, gotta figure out what’s causing that….

5 Jun 2011