Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Terminator


Arnold Schwarzenegger
10" X 13" woodcut
2008

Here's Arnie! The first of my trio of hogs from Bagaduce Farm. I pulled five prints of him this morning, using my new water-soluble ink from Graphic Chemical & Ink Company in Chicago, a new roll of Japanese mulberry paper, a new German brayer (a roller used to spred the ink on the woodblock), a new Japanese bamboo-covered baren (a disk used to press the paper onto the inked woodblock), and an old sheet of glass that Tom raided from a picture frame to roll the ink out on (instead of a paper plate).

I'm quite pleased with all my new tools, but I still have lots of questions about how to use them. Take the paper, for instance. Should I cut or tear it? Which side of the paper should I print on--the smooth or the rough? How do I center the paper over the woodblock so that the margins are even? I tried a little bit of everything this morning. I ended up folding and then tearing the paper along the edge of a countertop. And I ended up using the rough side more than the smooth side of the paper. I still haven't mastered centering the paper over the woodblock. (You may have noticed that Arnie looks a little cock-eyed.) Perhaps that comes with practice. I'm sure to get that! Martha Stewart and Hillary Clinton await my carving tools, my woodblocks, my ink, and my paper. So, I'll be back!

5 comments:

Melissa and Emmitt said...

oh my goodness leslie!
it is perfect! i love it!
you are so talented! :)
xo
melissa

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi leslie!
my beautiful cards came today!
thank you so much i just love them and the french bulldog surprise was wonderful!
xo
m

Abby Creek Art said...

I LOVE the piggy poo print!

So sorry to hear about Kinsey though.:( My dog, Abby had to have two of those surgeries on her back legs. It was hard...but it helped her a lot. We'll send lot of good healing juju Kinsey's way! xox

Annie B said...

Arnie is beautiful!

Rebecca said...

I love the energy in your woodblock prints! I hope Kinsey is feeling better.