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.
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.