Monday, December 27, 2010

Some recent haiku woodblock reprints

"Rose hips" - 5" x 7" - handwritten tanka poem. photo angle to show the shiny metallic mica handpainted onto rosehips.

"Rose hips" - 5" x 7" - Japanese Masa Dosa washi paper.

"Cool Blue" - handwritten haiku poem. angle to show shiny metallic mica handpainted onto fish.

"Cool Blue" - 5"x7" - Japanese Masa Dosa washi paper.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

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Great gift idea people! And make sure you see his new video about it (click to #6 on this page)


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Tiger Lily Press Annual Print & Arts Sale - Nov. 14th, 2010

I'm looking forward to being a part of Tiger Lily Press Annual Print & Arts Sale Event tomorrow, Sun. Nov. 14th, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cincinnati, Ohio. Other art guilds will be there including: printmaking, calligraphy, bookmaking, and pottery.


Dunham Recreation Center
Arts Building
1945 Dunham Way
Cincinnati, OH 45238-3053

Wish you all could come!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Back to printmaking!

This is my first oil-based print. With the help of my cool printmaking friend Susan, who helped me learn to use the presses and do clean up, we printed 85 prints by using both of the presses at Tiger Lily Press Studio here in Cincinnati, Ohio (website link here on my blog). Each year Tiger Lily Press members design, print, and sell calendars for fund-raising. I chose the month of June because Summer is my favorite season and what a better month to celebrate with the Summer Solstice on June 21st.

Printing with oil-based ink and using a machine press was a fun experience, but the clean-up process convinced me that I am still a devout water-based printmaker indeed!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Snow Skier print - proofing blue block

After proofing the blue block I've decided to make some adjustments to the carving before going to print. I'll be fine-tuning the details in the skier as well. This is a beautiful "Pthalo Blue Slight Red" pigment dispersion from Guerra. Carved image is approx. 2" x 6.5".

The carved image between the left ski post and skies is suppose to be a shadow. If it doesn't look like a shadow on the print, I will eliminate it.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Snow Skier blocks ready to print

Moku hanga printmaking method. The left block will serve as the background color w/mica powder and also as the block for hand embossing (kimedashi) the skier's trail and the enso sun. I left enough surface for my thumb to emboss the sun.

I only left 1/4" border between the image area and the paper trim. Makes for tricky printing but oh well. I don't like trimming after printing.

Bought this U-gouge a couple years ago at Woodcraft store when they were having a sale. It works great for clearing and keeps a sharp edge.

The area between the left ski post and skies is suppose to be a shadow. If it doesn't look like a shadow on the print, I will eliminate it.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

My new table box-easel to relieve neck/back strain when carving

I'm carving a bookmark of a skier in honor of the Winter Olympics. Using this box table easel is really saving my neck and back. I really love this new goooseneck clip-lamp with LED bulb. The light it generates is bright white and always stays cool -- $20 at Target.

The table box-easel I bought at Hobby Lobby. Michaels Arts & Crafts also carries it. Occasionally each of those stores has 40-50% off coupons. When the easel is closed, the 2-drawer design raises the flat block surface up to a comfortable level for carving the clearing.

The block is a crafter's plaque bought at Hobby Lobby or Michaels for $3.00. I think its pine. I'm really amazed at how its holding up to detail. Hopefully it will do well in the printing process. If so, I'll be glad because its readily available plank wood and comes sanded. I will prefer it over shina block which is a wee bit expensive especially after shipping costs.

Sunday, January 3, 2010


Dec. 31st - Waka & Woodblock (last one).  Happy New Year
In the month of December, I enjoyed doing five simple 2"x 4" woodblock prints. After experiencing a difficult 2009 with deaths in my family, I chose to do these small carvings and prints so I could get back into the groove of printmaking. The small size was less stressful and provided quick results.

The new direction of my modern surimono will look similar to my "Birch Spirit" print and these five simple prints only larger, in more detail and in the traditional Japanese surimono print which includes mica powder, hand-embossing, and a nicer Japanese paper than I've been using in the past. And as usual, my prints will include an English language Japanese short-form tanka or haiku poem. Nothing excites me more than luscious, thick, white handmade paper, hand-embossing, and special effects such as sparkly mica powders on a print. I also believe the viewer should be allowed to touch the print in order to really appreciate it.

Print title: "Lavender Blue Moon"
Image size: 2" x 4"
Block: pine - crafters plaque.
Ink: Water-based. Guerra pigment dispersion paint, white and silver metallic Speedball.
Paper: Japanese Hosho.
Method: Japanese Moku hanga.
Printed with a baren.

My waka/tanka poem:

New Year's eve--
some sprigs trimmed for tonight's
lavender pillow;
midnight mist on my sleeves
scented with blue moon light.

Bette Norcross Wappner (b'oki)


Rose hips Print & Block  (better photo)
Print image: 2" x 4"
Block: pine- crafters plaque.
Ink: Guerra - green pigment dispersion w/black neri zumi concentrate sumi paste.
Red: hand-colored pencil.
Paper: Japanese hosho.
Method: Japanese moku hanga.

My waka/tanka poem:

Freezing winds
have taken the last blossoms;
rose hips are waiting
for the touch of warm hands--
scarlet fruit between the thorns.

Bette Norcross Wappner (b'oki)