Artist Joe Marshall did a woodcut printing demo and anyone who stayed could print their own print to take home. I was there to answer questions about printmaking in the gallery and I also learned a little about woodcuts!
Woodcut printing is a great process since it does something many other art forms do not address right away: composition. With woodcuts, it either prints or it doesn't. There is no in-between, no shading, no grey areas, no place for fuzzy plate tone. Your image is successful in black and white or it isn't. For this reason, it's a great introduction to printmaking and the principles of good design. And you don't need a press, just some simple tools.
Here are some photos of the printing demonstration.
|Joe showing Fred Sanchez (TDS Board President) how to ink the block.|
Joe used one of his own woodblocks, so the demo was just for printing, not for carving the block. The image features chickens and a giant egg! Once Joe showed visitors how to print, anyone could print their own chicken print to take home.
|The inked black and a baren used to transfer the ink to the paper.|
|Showing how to print the block using ategami paper between the print paper and the baren.|
|A successful print!|
|The print I made after watching the process.|
|Fred making his own print.|
|Downtown looking east down Congress Street. Note less construction and and people!|
Next event will be the closing Reception on Saturday, June 1st. If you were thinking about buying a print from the show, this is the time to do it! Many of the pieces have already sold, so come on down!
See you around,