24 March 2006
Going for the Grain
The way I carved the lettering for the "Serenity Prayer" print -- digging the letters out of the background rather than carving the background away to leave the letters remaining -- has dictated a lot of what will follow. I don't want the letters to be white, so I need to overprint the lettering block on a field of color. But the color can't be too deep, because I'll be printing a number of layers over it.
Above is a thin piece of cheap craft-grade lauan plywood that I got from Dick Blick. I really like the circular grain, so I decided to use it as the base for this print. I tried using a wire brush to bring out the grain even more. Here's how it printed (click for enlargement):
I wanted the circular grain to show up more, so I placed a circular cut-out piece of paper on top of the washi before I burnished it with the baren. Here's a close-up of the circular area:
I have a design sketched out, but now I have carving to do, so I'll dry out these prints until I have a couple of blocks ready for the next round of printing.