Original Art Woodcut Print Magic Carpet of Flowers Fantasy Color Hand Made Paper

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Magic Carpet

Puzzle Woodcut 2005
Image area 7" x 13"
Paper size 12 x 16 inches
Edition 75

Block: Cherry
Ink: Mixes of red, gold, umber, green, blue, purple, copper
Paper: Okawara and Beechgrove Paperworks hand-made (old masters beige)
Process: This is a "puzzle" piece, in which the block was sawn in 6 pieces prior to printing. Each piece is inked separately with its separate color, the block is assembled at press. There is a rainbow mix on two pieces, which means I mixed two inks while loading the roller. The result is a color print done in one single pass.
Image: 2005 was the year of the blooming Southwest. We had rain and rain makes flowers pop up even in the most unlikely arid ground.

"Magic carpet
unfolds at my feet
in the desert spring"

Process: Woodcuts are made by drawing an image on a block of wood, usually cherry in my case, then carving out the negative spaces. After carving, what is left is a big "stamp" of the desired image. I roll ink with a roller over the woodcut, place a piece of handmade paper on the inked block, apply pressure and transfer the image on the paper.

All my woodcuts are made in limited editions, signed and numbered in pencil. Signed Numbered Woodcut Limited edition Nature Surrealism 12 to 36 in