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Wild Garlic


Handmade woodblock print of wild garlic.

Mounted, ready to frame at 7″ x 10″.

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How I made this print

I’ve created this woodblock print of wild garlic by individually printing it by hand onto Tosa-shi paper. It’s based on a photo I took of wild garlic flowers from the roadside near my house. I used Japanese tools to carve into a block of smooth, flat wood to create the printing block. I printed each colour from this block using water-based pigment inks and a series of stencils. During the printing process, I apply ink to the block, and then lay the paper onto it. I then press on the back of the paper using a Japanese hand-printing press called a baren. The areas that are left unprinted create the “white” of the petals. I also lay the paper onto the clean carved block and press through from the back for the embossed effect on the petals. This adds a three-dimensional quality to the print.

Every print in a batch is made in the same way, but each time the block is inked and pressed slightly differently. This results in a succession of seemingly identical but actually unique prints – each and every one is an individual, hand crafted and original work of art.

Further Details

This woodblock print of Wild Garlic is one of several featuring white flowers. If you like this one, have a look at others in the series, such as Peace Lily, or Narcissi.

When the print is finished, I blind print my chop seal in the corner so it appears to be embossed.

Print size is 3″ x 6″ (7.5cm x 15cm) approx.

The print comes mounted and ready to frame, with double bevel-cut mount – overall size is 7″ x 10″ (18cm x 25.5cm) approx.

I mount the print onto the backing board using photo corners. I also attach an information sheet explaining how the print was made on the reverse.

The print comes packaged in a crystal clear cellophane bag. I send prints in a board-backed envelope by Royal Mail.