Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Koi and Lily pads

I decided to use this print for the "Inspired by Japan" relief fundraiser.
each print took about 45 minutes to an hour to print. i printed them on my little etching press w/blankets. each one took 2 to 4 passes. i used Rives BFK paper a mix of 250 and 280 weight. the 280 weight paper seemed to work best because it had less bleeding into the white line areas for some reason.

Artist: Viza Arlington
Title: Koi
white line woodblock print on Rives BFK
image size:approx. 8X12 inches
paper size 8X12 inches

This is a white line or Provincetown woodcut print. I paint each area of color on the woodblock with watercolor then print the block by hand onto Rives paper. each print is unique. my prints are a bit different from traditional
Provincetown prints because i paint the whole block letting the watercolor dry then when i am ready to print i reconstitute the watercolor with a fine mist from a squirt bottle then print the whole block rather than printing each color one at a time as in traditional white line prints.


Sharri said...

Another beautiful print! You continue to amaze me.

Ellen Shipley said...

I love this! A friend was once painting koi and lily pads and I found I was seeing them everywhere. Yours is nicely distilled to the essencials. 8-]

Annie B said...

Very nice. Thanks too for the process description. I love the way you've adapted this practice of white line and made it your own.

d. moll, said...

GORGEOUS (as always). Interesting technique too.