First you need to find an image : You have various options when finding an image. You can sketch your image like the one below. If you are not comfortable drawing your own look for an image (i.e. Online, book, magazine, etc.)
Make 4 copies of that image. The four images represent the 4 different blocks you will use to create your 4 color woodcut. As the example shows each of the 4 colors is represented in separate blocks.
Transfer your images to each block using the graphite paper and a pencil or pen. * Note : all of the images are transferred in the same exact place on each block. This ensures your registration when printing.
The block with the most detail is called your “key block”. You may have noticed that this is very close to the original sketch.
Here is the test print of the key block.
Here are the 4 blocks including an additional 5 th block (optional) for the background. * Note : notice that each block is assigned one color.
Once each of your blocks are cut your ready to print.
The Printing Process First, cut your paper to a size that leaves a one inch border. Most people start the printing process with the lightest color or the background color first when printing.
Ink the first block fairly heavily with ink and place it in the register frame. Slide the block against the long edge of the frame until it touches the other, perpendicular edge. This position must be duplicated every time the block is printed to ensure consistency from print to print. When the block is in position, tape a piece of tracing paper to the edge of the frame. Note : Set up printing area and use clean hands to place paper over block then rub firmly with baren. Remove paper and re-ink brayer….repeat until you have 5 nice prints.
Background two-tone color (optional step)
1 st color printed
2 nd color printed
3 rd color printed
4 th color printed (aka; key block)
I am sure there are questions and I will walk you through all of this during our next class. Professor Pena