Niklas Oberfeld

Arts & Crafts... but mostly crafts

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Intro to Woodblock printing - your own negative-color printed postcards

Woodcut printing is one of the easiest forms of printing to start with and you can set uo a printshop on your kitchen table on a rainy afternoon, print two dozen postcard sized  images and have it cleaned up again by supper time. Professional materials are relatively cheap and easy to get (Unlike when I started, ages ago, you can no order a starter set on your favorite  internet store for less then $20) and for almost all tools and materials there are workarounds to make your own. Negative color woodcut printing is the easiest technique to start with and for a simple print, the time from first cut to first print can be less then 10 minutes. However the results do not have to be 'simple'. On the contrary: you can continuously improve your print by addingdetails and playing with line thickness and colors until you get a print that does not have to shy away from others made with 'advanced' methods.

In  this class, we will start by making a simple woodcut print. After that we will talk about the materials and offer some workarounds for replacing tools you do not have or do not want to buy with homemade alternatives. After that, we will learn to choose a design and transfer it to the woodblock, to cut the design with various line thicknesses, to improve your print by adding detail and to work with colors - even with multiple colors.

After this is done, we will get to our class project: Using the techniques learnt in the previous lessons we will make a roughly postcard-sized woodcut, find a good color for it and use it to make a series of at least a dozen personal postcards.

Latest update. As of now my class is uploaded and 'pending' for publication

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