This book on the art of woodcut printmaking shares technical information for new printmakers and ideas for those with more experience. Plus there are many inspirational photographs of beautiful prints!
112-page paperback book by Merlyn Chesterman and Rod Nelson.
Woodblock printing is an ancient art form, a type of relief printing that produces beautiful, subtle and lively pieces with just a few simple materials. This book includes helpful information for new printmakers and ideas for those practitioners wanting to improve their technique. A wide range of exciting examples of printed woodcuts are shown along with advice on materials and tools, and a step-by-step guide to sharpening. Each chapter introduces a particular process of core knowledge and includes several alternative methods for each. Techniques to achieve quality prints and perfect registration are covered, too. The great close-up photos really help you see what they are teaching you about.
In addition to the technical teaching there is a lot of inspiration in this book. Drawing on the vibrant living traditions from China and Japan, it is filled with beautiful images of woodblock prints from a variety of artists.
Merlyn Chesterman and Rod Nelson
Merlyn Chesterman and Rod Nelson are woodblock printmakers who became friends through a common enthusiasm for the work of the Japanese printmaker Shiko Munakata. They had a partnership website which is no longer active and whose domain has been sold, however, you can read about woodblock printing on their individual sites.
Merlyn Chesterman is a printmaker with a long experience of the art and craft, and exhibits her work internationally. Merlyn currently teaches woodblock printmaking privately and at West Dean College. Merlyn is on the council of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.
Rod Nelson is a printmaker with a long experience of the art and craft, and exhibits his work internationally. Rod currently teaches woodblock printmaking privately and at West Dean College.
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Image at the top:
Edge of the Moor
by Merlyn Chesterman
from the book Making Woodblock Prints