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The white line woodcut print is made by cutting
the entire image into a block of poplar wood.
I use a wood gauge, X'acto knife, drill, or any
tool that will make a depression in the wood.
When the image is finished I attach a sheet of
handmade paper at the side of the image and begin to fill in the
color areas one at a time, taking care not to go over the line. I
use watercolor paint, or gouache to fill in the areas of color,
laying the paper over that color and burnishing with a spoon. The
paper is lifted and the next color area is painted, this continues
until the image is completely painted with all colors.
The edition is printed one complete paper at a
time. This process is time consuming so I work on several different
images at a time.
This method of printing was developed in 1916 by a
group of printers in Provincetown who wanted to be able to woodblock
print in the Japanese style with out creating a different block for