The creation of my latest woodcut 'Avocet'
One of my the most beautiful British birds is the Avocet. It was also an ideal subject for a woodcut due to it's black and white plumage
I have spent the last week making this work and took the first test print yesterday.
|The first step was to sketch out an idea for the composition|
|Once I was happy I transferred the drawing to tracing paper|
|I then transferred the outline to the wood block. The wood is a block of lime cut from some 200yr old trees felled on the Burghley estate. Lime is a traditional wood used in craving and woodcuts due to it's straight close grain.|
|Once the outline was on the block I drew in the rest of the image.|
|Once the carving is finished it is time to ink up the block. At this point you can spot any errors|
|The first proof print hanging up to dry, drying takes 2-3 days.|
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