Original Woodcut Print Art Blooming Prickly Pear Cactus Mojave Desert on Woodblock Lotka Paper
Paper: Lotka blue/rust as shown
Process: Sketched on the field
Image: This is one of many smaller woodcuts that I use as "sketches" to hone skill in capturing the woodcut essence in the desert around me. This one is from my own desert garden. A magic marker is my weapon of choice as it allows me to sketch quickly and capture the quirky shapes of desert flora and the awesome darks and lights of desert landscapes.
Suitable for smaller frames, these make great gifts framed or unframed.
How are woodcuts and wood engravings made?
Woodcuts are made by carving a block of wood, leaving in relief what is going to be the image. Once the block is carved, thick printing ink is applied with a roller, paper is placed on top of the inked block, and finally pressure is applied to the paper with a tool such as a wooden spoon or a Japanese baren. The ink transfers to the paper and the result is a beautiful hand-pulled print, deeply embossed into the hand-made paper. I use cherrywood almost exclusively and enjoy hunting for a variety of thick and textural hand-made papers for most of my woodcuts.
All my woodcuts are original in design and created using the finest printmaking materials available. Inks are permanent and any framing materials are acid-free and archival in quality.