Thursday, December 3, 2009


Winter Cherry Print & Block

These simple woodblock prints are 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 - crafter plaque. I'm amazed at how it holds up to detail.
Ink: Alizarin Crimson gouache & brown Speedball water-based printmaking ink.
Paper: Japanese Hosho.
Method: Japanese moku hanga. I tried something different by using a small simple shoe brush, perhaps like Harlan Hubbard might use, to apply ink to block. it only shed a few bristles. less than i thought it would.
Printed by pressing block to paper.

Accompanying tanka poem:

Only raindrops
cling to the empty stems--
our winter cherry;
tears will fall while you're away
and my art will seem fruitless.

Bette Norcross Wappner (b'oki)


marigold cottage said...

I had no idea that I could use gouache to use as an ink when opens up many possibilites for me. How exciting!

You are also interesting me in haiku and I may try my hand at that. Some new things to try for a new year!!

Bette Norcross Wappner -- said...

Thanks 'marigold cottage'. enjoy trying gouache and haiku :)