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This process is suitable for simple, effective monochrome designs in black and white or a single colour on a contrasting paper colour. Areas of different colours can also be painted onto the block and printed simultaneously as in Chinese and Japanese art while more complex images can be produced by printing successive layers of colour. This is achieved by either by the multi-
Prints can be taken from the inked surface with a printing press or by hand rubbing on the back of thin paper with a baren (a specially made tool, or the back of a spoon, so it is not always necessary to have elaborate or expensive equipment for this method of printmaking.
Care must be taken when cutting the block with a sharp tool but even the beginner can quickly achieve a very satisfying result.
Chinese Woodblock Printing
Our visiting wood block artist will be teaching an exciting course working with movement from life. Drawing in charcoal or Chinese brush from a life dancer and transferring onto wood, you will be cutting your blocks with specialist wood cutting knives, printing by hand or using a press with oil based inks, this course is suitable for beginners and experienced printmakers but some drawing skills are essential.
The aim of this course is to learn as much about Chinese woodblock printing in three days. Woodblock printing has a long history in China and here at St Barnabas Press we have been lucky to have many visiting artist from China all with very different techniques of woodblock printing ranging from the traditional to the more contemporary.
Materials used on this course;
Chinese ink (for drawing image onto wood),
Specialist cutting knives,
Oil based inks,
Baren (for hand printing),
Chinese papers (for final your print).
Fundamental woodblock methods covered
Preparation of wood
Drawing image on wood with Chinese rubbing ink
Glossary of relief Printing;
You will need protective clothing but gloves and other protection provided. Bring sketchbooks, inspiration, pencils any tools relevant to the course.