Golden Notes 2
Hand painted block print on wood panel 24 x 36 in
After writing my blog yesterday I though that I should have mentioned how I go about making these block prints. First of all I work out the design. I have to decide what size I want the final work. When I do this I have to allow for the size of the artwork plus the size of the surround or mount and then make it a size that will fit into a standard frame. After making a lot of art that needed a custom sized frames I am finally getting smarter and working to standard sizes. Once the size is decided I then draw up the design I want. Next I divide the design up into blocks that will fit the size. For the Jester in the previous post the blocks are 6 inches square and the design is three blocks by 4 blocks or 18 inches by 24 inches. Next I cut all the small square blocks to make the printing plates and transfer the design to each one. Finally I lay them all out and paste them to one large sheet of mounting card to hold them in place while I print the design. I use a roller to ink up the whole panel and then lay the paper over and hand press the ink onto the paper. I could also run it through my printing press. Once it's dry I hand paint the central motifs that I want to feature. I have also experimented with printing onto a wood panel but I have to be very careful to place the design into exactly the right place on the panel because being a geometric design it would look awful if it was off even by a bit. The attached picture is a piece I did on a wood panel. It's similar to Golden Notes but much wider. Unfortunately the photo is a bit dark.