Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Terminator

Arnold Schwarzenegger
10" X 13" woodcut

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!


Melissa and Emmitt said...

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

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!

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.