Valerie Syposz recently created a wood engraving artwork and explains the process of a print as follows:
“What could be more representative of summer than love and ice cream? For me, these things make up the heart of summer, so I decided to combine them in my recent wood engraving ‘The Real Deal’. Wood engraving is a kind of relief printmaking, where you carve into a hard wood, like box wood or cherry. I used a cross section slice of boxwood, which allows for very fine detail. After carving, I printed the block onto Gampi paper, and then used the technique of chine-collé to layer colors and collage the print onto a heavier paper. Voilà! A perfect summer print.”
Image above: The prepared block is ready to be carved. I used sumi to darken the surface and drew the outline of the image onto the block. Beside the wood are a couple of the carving tools I use, and I have it placed on a revolving tray to carve curved lines. For wood engraving, curved lines are carved by rotating the block and not by moving your hand.
Images above: Progression of the carved image. The black lines are the original drawing and the lighter lines are the areas I carved. The block starts out completely black, and you progressively carve out the white areas to create the image.
Image above: Printing process. Lifting off the gampi paper after printing to reveal the image.
Image above: The final result, the printed gampi was layered on top of 2 different colored papers and collaged to a heavy rag paper.
*Please see https://mizenka.com/en/artist/Valerie-Syposz for Valerie Syposz’s artworks.