Wednesday, December 2, 2009
This simple woodblock print is in honor, memory, and respect of Harlan Hubbard - Kentucky shantyboat captain & artist who used simple tools in his woodcuts & printing.
Image: 2-1/4" x 4-1/4".
Block: pine - craft plaque. I'm amazed at how it holds up to detail.
Ink: Burnt Umber gouache.
Paper: Japanese Rice Hosho. (I bought a tablet many years ago at Michaels Arts)
Method: Japanese moku hanga, but tried something different by trying a simple tool as perhaps Harlan Hubbard might have used, brushing ink to the block with a small shoe brush. It worked better than I thought with only losing a few hairs and only cost a couple dollars from CVS pharmacy.
Printed by pressing block to paper.
My accompanying waka/tanka poem:
Late autumn maple
bare to the high noon sun--
burnt umber cattails
slowly sway with the lake,
a koi sinks in meditation.
©Bette Norcross Wapner (b'oki)