Progression of a multiple plate Woodcut

Board #1

Board #1

Drawing on painted cherry plywood.

Board #1

Board #1

Negative areas are carved away leaving the positive (figures).

Board #1 positive areas

Board #1 positive areas

Inking the plate

Inking the plate

Board #1 is inked with the light blue. The board is inked each time a new print is pulled.

Five colors printed

Five colors printed

Generally prints are printed starting with the lightest colors first and the darkest colors last depending on the imagery.

Board #2

Board #2

In board #2 the positive areas are carved away and the negative areas are left to be inked.

 Print with six colors

Print with six colors

Here the background dark grey (lava field) has been printed. If transparent colors are used and overlapped it will create another color.

Board #3

Board #3

Board #3 has details in the negative (background) areas.

Nene print details from board #3

Nene print details from board #3

Board #1 details

Board #1 details

The darkest colors and the fine details are generally the last areas to be carved and printed.

Finished print

Finished print

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Finished print