Watercolor woodblock print (moku hanga) plus digitally-mainipulated rubber stamp text
10 x 6 inch print (254 x 152 mm)
Print made from 2 blocks, 10 hand-rubbed applications of color
Variable edition of 4 on Echizen Kozo
The Fool is the beginning, the Origin, the “big bang” of creation. Possessor of unlimited potential, the Fool is both empty and full, everything and nothing, foolish yet wise. The Fool takes the ultimate risk and leaps into the unknown with joy, with dynamism, with faith, and perhaps with foolishness. Many tarot readers think of the entire Major Arcana as the Fool’s journey through life, but the Fool isn’t thinking about the future. Unconventional, free-spirited, childlike and naive, the Fool is immersed in the now.
Here are some process shots of the woodblock print.
|I'm experimenting with creating all 22 of the Major Arcana cards with just three colors: pthalo blue, magenta, and yellow oxide. I started this print with one layer of each color, with a circular bokashi, just to see how the colors would interact.|
|Next I carved another block in the shape of the striped suit to add a shadow to the body area.|
|I carved stripes from the same block I had used for the shadow and added the red stripes.|
|On another block I carved the arms and legs and printed that. Four similar but not quite the same prints. I selected one and scanned it, then reduced it to card size and added the rubber stamp text on the computer.|