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Making Woodblock Prints
Making Woodblock Prints by Merlyn Chesterman and Rod Nelson.
Merlyn and Rod together have produced this extraordinary book on the art of wood-block printing. Combining a lucid text an superb illustrations, this book shows all the aspects of making a print from the cutting, the tools and the papers. A useful and very inspiring book.
Merlyn Chesterman's work is mostly about places and the natural world, and what he sese and feels around him.
'I try to catch the spirit of place, working at a fundamentally abstract level, with a supporting, literal surface. Even in woodcuts, as with painting, I try to keep my options for development open, to keep the process alive. Looking back over my sketchbooks, it surprises me slightly that I have always had the same preoccupations. I work using mainly lime, with its superb cutting quality, and elm and plywood, choosing boards for their particular grain. I print the large prints on Okawara, a Japanese paper, using oil-based, water-washable ink, often grading colour on the roller and adding extender to dilute the pigment. I will usually use several blocks, one printed over the other'.