birch plywood + moku hanga
Prior to discovering shina plywood, I never cared much to make woodcuts.
Too much work, coarse edges, chipping wood, hard on the tools. But shina
has been great to work on, especially with a Dremel.
Unfortunately, McClain’s is temporarily out of every size block that I ordered. Since their
next shipment isn’t expected until late April, it’s time to find an alternative.
I picked up a small birch plywood block at my local craft store, unsure of how this would
work with a water based technique.
One half was coated with sanding sealer, and the other left bare. Similar marks
were made with the Dremel (tough on the bits!) on each section. I expected the
ink to bead up on the sealed side (it didn’t), and the grain to be raised
on the unsealed side (it did). But, it turns out that the only
discernible difference is the unsealed side prints slightly darker.
So while I patiently wait for my shina order, birch plywood may
be a decent alternative to making woodcuts.