Workshops Archive

Multi-Block Color Woodcut via ZOOM

with Julie Rivera

Section 1: Fridays, October 16 – November 6, 2020, 12-2 PM (Eastern time) via ZOOM
This section is full 

Section 2: Thursdays, October 15 – November 5, 2020, 12-2 (Eastern Time) via ZOOM
This section is full – call or email to put your name on the waiting list.

Section 3:  Wednesdays, October 14 – November 4, 2020, 11-1 PM (Eastern time) This section is full – call or email to put your name on the waiting list.

limited to 6 participants

I love woodcut! The simple act of carving a block of wood with gouges and knives to pull out an image is kind of thrilling. Making a color woodcut brings a whole new level of challenge. This workshop will introduce you to the process.

In a multiple block color woodcut, each color is carved and printed on a separate block. Usually, the artist carves a “key block” which has all the information needed for subsequent color blocks. That block is printed on to the other blocks. Each block is printed, usually from light to dark, and the key block is often the final layer to be printed.

Working with multiple blocks allows you to go back and revise, to try different color possibilities and to return later to printing an edition. With proper registration and some pre-planning, introducing transparency and layering colors, we can create rich, vibrant color prints.

In this workshop, we will learn how to:

Prepare our blocks
Plan our color image
Carve and print a key block
Use a sure-fire registration system
Print our key block on to our other blocks
Work with Caligo Safe-Wash Inks

All levels of printmakers are welcome! An introduction and review of tool use and care will be included in our first session.