17 March 2006
Sosaku hanga artist Un'ichi Hiratsuka (1895-1997) developed a technique for achieving a distinctive jagged-edged line by poking sideways along the line with a square-end chisel (above). I wanted the words on my "Serenity Prayer" woodblock to have a similar feeling - choppy and jagged with lots of movement - so I decided to copy Hiratsuka's technique. Here's a closeup of a rough proof I pulled from my block.
It feels right, given the content of these words, to literally be picking and poking the letters out of the wood. I'm enjoyed the process.