I'm an artist working with moku hanga, traditional Japanese woodblock printing
Hi Annie,Well done! With such detailed printing there are a few tricks to getting a clean impression. Little peaks of timber will hold enough ink to form specks, take care to clear these away. I would avoid using the Komasuki (gouge) to form deep gutters around the carving, these are very hard to keep clear when brushing out the ink. I have come to use the Aisuki (flat chisel)for most of the fine clearing work, leaving an even slope leading up to the carved line. The Aisuki has the added advantage of being easy to sharpen.
I am lucky enough to have easy access to good quality print paper. That is the ONE thing that I don't have to mail order!
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