[A note to mokuhanga aficionados: I tried a whole bunch of different papers from Awagami plus Rives Heavyweight (cotton) plus my beloved Echizen Kozo and I was stunned at the results. My #1 preference for each of the three versions you'll see below was Rives Heavyweight! Weird, as I assumed washi would be way better to print with. You never know until you experiment…]
Here are the blocks I carved for the class and a few test prints for demonstration.
|The four blocks, carved and ready to start printing.|
|A quick test of the blocks using plain copy paper, checking registration and print behavior of each block, plus trying out a few colors.|
|Another batch of prints using similar colors but adding some bokashi (blends). I'm also testing different kinds of papers.|
|Another color palette and intentional use of goma-zuri (speckle) printing to show how texture can be used to add interest to very simple blocks.|
|One more variation showing more uses of bokashi, gomazuri, and white overprinting.|