Aesthetic and technical matters concerning the Japanese woodcut technique

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Virginia Ingram (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Helen Thrush

Abstract: The making of a woodcut is the combination of many activities using a variety of materials, thereby creating new forms or images and thus uniting the forces of nature with those of man. The character of the wood, pigment and paper all influence the final work. There are two generally accepted methods of making a woodcut, the European and the Japanese. The Japanese technique is the one described in this paper. In the Japanese method, a water base paint is applied to the wood block with rather stiff flat-bottomed brushes. The impression is made from the block to the paper by rubbing a baren over the back of the print. The designing and cutting - with the traditional knives, chisels, and gouges - pose no problems of technique. The printing process, however, presents many technical complications.

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Language: English
Date: 1965

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