My new wood has arrived, however I am having some trouble with it warping. It took a whole day of sanding to make the wood flat enough, fingers crossed it doesn’t warp any more. I like having deadlines and planning my work, but I don’t always allow for things to go wrong. I have been told that wood dries out from the edges so I must seal the ends with varnish as soon as I can. I am also worried that the large carvings will not print successfully as I have not printed with wood this large before. I am really hoping to finish all the carving before we start again next term. It feels like a huge risk leaving all the printing to the last few weeks. I just hope I do not encounter any further technical problems. I need to decide on a colour scheme and start preparing paper, as I have found in the last project takes a really long time.
I started carving the smallest block first as I remember from the last project my carving improves with practice. I am using a wider range of tools now and learning how to use them in different ways, for example I can make more uneven lines by using the v shape tool on its side. I find it useful to work on several blocks at once so I can leave a carving and come back to it with fresh eyes so I stop focusing on a particular part and look at the imagine as a whole and do my best to image what it will look like as a print.
|Tracing my drawing onto the wood|
Bryan Nash Gill uses sections of tree trunks to make his relief prints. Every type of tree has its own unique markings that tell a story of its life. This is such a simple idea, but extremely effective.