Paper Geekery

9 Nov

block 1

I spent a happy hour fondling beautiful papers and sniffing oil pigments and pulling on my favourite antique printing press. I was doing some trials on four lovely Japanese papers. This is an Atsukushi White, just 39 gsm. Above is the back of the paper on the woodcut block just after I’d put it through the press.

block 2

And here it is, peeled off the inked surface. I also tried out ShoinBis, Shiohara and Sekishushi. I’ll check them out when they’re dry and see which performed best.

The image is from a little wood block I cut a few years back when Sparta Puss was little. She used to run up the curtains and totally wrecked the nets. One day I grabbed the camera and photographed her pulling shapes as she slid down the curtains. I did some drawings from the photos onto plywood, got out my Flexcut tools and hacked away and then hand printed a small edition of 30, currently available through Artfinder.


4 Responses to “Paper Geekery”

  1. Phil Cooper November 10, 2015 at 20:43 #

    I’ve fallen in love with Japanese papers this year so this post made me go a bit funny – great print!

  2. Leonie Andrews November 10, 2015 at 02:19 #

    Geek on! I love checking paper and other supplies out.

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