18 November 2007

Bethlehem: Printing Second State Block

SecondBlockPrint

Early last week I cut the index finger of my left hand rather badly. I'm quite careful when handling woodcut tools, but I'm very cavalier about x-acto knives. Holy cow, those things are sharp! I was cutting a mat. More proof that matting and framing should be left to the professionals.

Anyway, my finger is on the mend and I was able to fit in a printing session on Saturday. Above is the next layer on the Bethlehem print. I've left the full border visible so you can see the little notches I've cut in the paper for registration.

I think this is all I need to print with this state of the block, so it's time to carve again for the next reduction.

10 comments:

KJ said...

Lovely texture building up... and OUCH! Makes me recall slicing the heel of my palm when cleaning glass for framing... it's very dangerous out there!

Cin said...

ouch indeed! sorry to read about your finger and glad you're on the mend

I love the length of this, looking forward, as always, to seeing the final (you're always keeping us in suspense :)

pkbivins said...

I have been a fan of your blog for some time now. Love your prints and very interested in your current print. Hope your finger mends well, wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.
Phil

Anonymous said...

Hi Annie,
I love watching the stages of your work! Just wanted put in my two cents about saving fingers. Get one of the logan matcutters--they pay for themselves pretty quickly. I first bought a Logan Simplex and it worked just fine but I recently upgraded to the framers Edge hoping to make it easier when I'm frantically cutting tons of mats for an event. I think the simplex is a little easier to learn and use and it's cheaper. Framing 4 Yourself has lots of info and good prices. You want to be able to say as you point to your scars that you got them woodblock carving and not mat cutting! Also there's the time saved as well!
Lynn

Magic Cochin said...

Hi Annie - the textures on this print are going to be so deep - Iooking foreward to seeing the next layer.
I nicked my thumb changing the blade on my new Logan Mat Cutter (otherwise it's a neat piece of kit - glad I bought it). Pleased your's was a minor wound - I had a serious encounter with a can of tomatoes a few years back and just about to take on a HUGE digital illustration job!!! My right index finger was completely out of action - luckily I'd got myself a Wacom pad and pen to replace the mouse. What a life saver!!!!! Took 2 years to get full pain-free movement back in the finger OUCH!

Celia

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Sharri said...

It's coming along beautifully, Annie, can't wait to see the next installment. I sliced a finger the same way a couple of years ago, and a friend in CA did the same thing withing days of each other, which leads me to the conclusion that there is an Xacto Knife Conspiracy and they're out to get us! Beware of the little devils. They look innocent, but.....

Annie B said...

Thanks so much for all the sympathies for my finger! It seems that I'm in good company. I'm happily downsizing to a smaller bandage tomorrow :)

Sue said...

Ooooo...nasty! I hope your finger heals up quickly.
Your block is coming along nicely. I'm enjoying watching progress. :-)

tepi said...

So impressed by your work! Got onto it through the printmakers' periodic table project (I did Tm and Sb). And feel like I'm learning lots from your blog. It's wonderful! Tagged you on my blog so come on by if you're interested to play along.