Single Block Print

In the production of this project the desired image is scanned and reversed. The image is printed and pasted a block of wood, either Shina or Cherry ply-wood, then hand-carved. The remaining area, or un-carved area, is inked with a roller called a "brayer". The paper is placed over the piece of inky wood and printed by hand. The tool used to create a "hand-pulled" print is the "baren", or a textured disk. The baren takes a little skill to use but prints cleanly, and is not limited by the size of wood, like printing presses.

This project is my personal favorite, because it uses both western and eastern techniques. For example: A "western" brayer is used for inking the block, then a Japanese baren to print the image.

The cost of the print is calculated by adding labor, $10/hr, and the price of supplies going into the project. Please keep in mind, cost ranges represent the difference between a simple and complex image.

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