Printing a woodgrain for Chaco Sojourn

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Printing a woodgrain for Chaco Sojourn

Chaco Sojourn

Printing a wood grain on dry paper.

THE PROCESS


To Begin;

I align the paper to a guide that serves as a mask allowing the wood grain to print in a certain area. I hold the paper in place with two bag weights.


The First Step ;

I pull the paper back showing the mask/guide. That is taped into place and flipped back so the grain can be inked. The guide is made with tyvek which is durable and somewhat waterproof.


Inking;

The printing area is taped off with masking tape which corresponds to the mask opening. Using my normal moku hanga ink mix, I ink up the print area with a thin and wet ink.


Printing;

I use a thin sheet of cellophane between the baren and the paper so I don't abrade the paper surface. I will be printing a line drawing over the wood grain. I use a textured baren with a firm pressure.


The Grain Printed;

And the grain is printed and ready for the next layer to be printed. That will be a simple line drawing printed in a darker ink. Now to repeat the process some forty more times.


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