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The final product after inking and making test prints to ensure the carving was as I desired.

Carving Krampus woodblock

The final product after inking and making test prints to ensure the carving was as I desired.
The final product after inking and making test prints to ensure the carving was as I desired. Click to zoom in.

 

Just for fun I tried printing on a t-shirt. Not exactly perfect but I learned a lot. Need to tack the shirt more firmly so it doesn’t have wrinkles. Need to hold shirt down so when I lift the block it doesn’t try to come with it. AND finally I need a more solid surface to apply pressure. I doubt I’ll do more woodblock on shirts as I’m shifting to linocut but I wanted to try to do Krampus for my own wearing pleasure.

Woodblock Krampus on a shirt

 

 


 

Base image for Krampus
This was the rough concept taken from images of African masks, and rams horns. I start with this and then came up with an outline version
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All carved before test inking to see how it looks.
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Closeup of the horn area to show how thin the lines are.
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Background was lowered with gouges but I’ve stayed clear of the image
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Initial pencil drawing and beginning to outline with a V gouge.

This is a two sided woodblock that will probably be displayed on a rotating stand once complete. The flip side is a skull with a decorative headband.

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Carving a skull – woodblock

This is actually part of a two sided art piece. It started as a simple woodblock of a skull with some very simple decoration. After the initial print test i did some more carving on the background to lower it to avoid the areas you see where ink got on the background.

The flip side is a Krampus.

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The final image after it’s been printed and cleaned up. Click to zoom in.

Here are some of the “in process” stages from pencil sketch to fully carved.

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Pencil sketch placed on the basswood board
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Background lowered
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Most of the hollows lowered
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All interior carved click to zoom
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Initial ink printing test. click to zoom
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Be afraid, it's really rough early art.

Early efforts

I tend to hack around on a new format before diving in. I will do simple shapes and test carve with new blades or try new printing techniques that may look like crap but are really scribbles to let me try a technique before I really try something.

Here are a few of my first attempts at carving wood, carving faces and printing just to show you where I started. This way as my skills improve I have a record of just how bad it was in the beginning.

I had this image of a totem pole in my head for a relief
I had this image of a totem pole in my head for a relief
My first ever print attempt from a block. Boy am I messy.
My first ever print attempt from a block. Boy am I messy.
Cleaned up and sealed with tung oil the totem pole is close to what I envisioned.
Cleaned up and sealed with tung oil the totem pole is close to what I envisioned.
Very simple silhouette design of a witch.
Very simple silhouette design of a witch.
Witchy-poo prints so so. I'm learning the problems with printing from wood.
Witchy-poo prints so so. I’m learning the problems with printing from wood.
Wanted to see if just a V gouge would do what I wanted. I need either finer and/or sharper gouges or better wood.
Wanted to see if just a V gouge would do what I wanted. I need either finer and/or sharper gouges or better wood.
Never carved a face before so before trying a wood spirit I tried to do this in a bar of soap. BTW soap likes to crumble.
Never carved a face before so before trying a wood spirit I tried to do this in a bar of soap. BTW soap likes to crumble.
After the soap I tried a Krampus wood spirit in a random dowel I had lying around.
After the soap I tried a Krampus wood spirit in a random dowel I had lying around.
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