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White Line Woodcut

Black LezAnnie Bissett
Saturday & Sunday, June 6-7, 2015, 10-5
$275 non-members $245 members
$30 materials fee (includes block, inks, paper)

This workshop is full.  Call to put your name on the waiting list.

White line woodcuts, also called “Provincetown prints,” are an interesting hybrid between monoprints and Japanese style watercolor woodcuts. Developed in the early 20th century by Blanche Lazzell and others, white line prints are polychrome prints done on a single block of wood rather than on multiple blocks. A line drawing or design is incised on the block with a knife or gouge creating v-shaped cuts, which become white lines when printed. Each area between the lines is then hand colored with watercolor or gouache and printed with a baren or wooden spoon until the print is complete. Although the block can be used over and over again, every print will be unique because of the variations in paint application.

This two-day workshop will explore the possibilities inherent in this simple and fun method of relief printing. It is open to all, regardless of previous woodcut experience, and is a good preparatory class for the more demanding workshop in Japanese watercolor woodblock.

Students will be asked to bring their own woodcut tools to the workshop.  Recommendations will be provided.