June 23, 2022

Getting The Most From Each Block

By Leon Loughridge
Getting The Most From Each Block

The plan is to use only two blocks to print "Summer Thunderhead" using the reduction process of carving between color runs. At this point, there have been two color runs using the warm block, starting with a lite ochre and then a pale reddish ochre grayed out a touch. That means the block has been carved twice, reducing the relief area of the block each time, once between color runs. 

Bmoor, Cool Block Carve 1

On the second block (the cool block), I carved away the brights of the cloud and the building, and printed a cool gray over the whole area, developing a cool cast to the shadows in the building and some accents in the cloud. 

Bmoor, Cool Run 1

Bmoor-CoolBlock-Carve2

Next, I cut away all the detail work in the clods in order to print a darker blue in the sky. I try not to think about all of the work I did to get that detail there, knowing it served its purpose in printing cool line work in the cloud. With the cloud cleared of any raised areas, a medium blue ink was applied to the sky areas of the block and then printed using a medium textured baren. 

 Bmoor-Run 4 

 One of the joys of printing with the Japanese method. moku hanga, is the ability to print multiple color runs within a single sitting. As long as the moisture content of the paper stays the same between color runs, the ink will not bleed. 

Using the warm block for a third printing, a small ink brush was used to apply a red sienna ink to the roofs. I always like how the image begins to evolve out of an inky mist.