Join artist and printmaker Alex Booker for a day woodcut printing at Makerversity. Alex will be teaching the oldest recorded printmaking process; woodblock printing to a group of new printmakers.
The 4 - hour workshop day will comprise of producing woodcut prints within this ancient practice. Alex will teach the fundamentals of the practice including; using Japanese hand tools block registration, reduction cut printing and how to produce images made of multiple colours.
Stage 1 - The workshop will cover the use of tools to design, draw and cut woodblocks and explore the process of hand printing using barens and rollers on three types of paper, including the handmade Hosho paper.
Stage 2 - Delve a little deeper, showing you how to use multiple blocks and reduction cutting techniques to create more complex multi colour prints.
Everyone will have the following materials:
2 x A4 Japanese Shina plywood blocks and individual mesh cutting mats
A five set of Japanese cutting tools
A selection of three papers including a Japanese Hosho paper
Water based inks in various colours
Pre-cut blocks of patterns and shapes
Tracing paper and plenty of stationary for the day
Tubes to take prints away
Alex recommends bringing anything that may inspire you or material that is part of an on going project you might be working on or just something visual that makes you happy. He often works with photographs, postcards, drawings, film stills and patterns.