Humongous!

10 Oct

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I am doing a two-day masterclass with epic printmaker, John Abell, at Swansea Print Workshop. John specialises in humongously large woodcuts, click here to see some of his awesome work. I’ve done some small woodcuts before, on plywood, but didn’t really get on with the method. Today, I was presented with a table-sized lump of 6mm MDF to get stuck into. That was a bit of a shock. But I went for it, outlining some images in graphite block and then fleshing it out with charcoal. I used some of the imagery I developed recently on my wall drawing in The Bagpuss Window transient artspace. I knew it would come in handy.

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I started cutting and I suppose I’m about two thirds of the way through. I’ve been quite free, not sketching in too much detail and trying to be spontaneous with my cutting. My Flexcut tools cut through the MDF like a hot knife through butter – lovely. I’ll finish the cutting tomorrow morning and then we’ll be taking a print – by hand! Not with a printing press but with a wooden spoon, although I have a couple of barens as back-up.

2 Responses to “Humongous!”

  1. Phil Cooper October 10, 2015 at 20:50 #

    I LOVE big woodcut prints, looking forward to seeing how this one develops, it looks fab, powerful and full of interest 🙂

    • Rosie Scribblah October 10, 2015 at 20:57 #

      Thank you. I’m really excited by it, but whether I will be after a day of printing with a wooden spoon …….

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