This week I spent my free time working on making postcards to distribute. I started off drawing on a block of wood, carving the block, and then printing it. I scanned the print into the computer and turned it into a digital printout. You may ask, why wouldn’t you just scan in the drawing? Good question. By creating a woodcut, the image has a distinct woodcutty quality that’s difficult to recreate.
The thing about printmaking is that the process takes a while to set up (making the films, prepping the screen, exposing the screen, washing out the screen), but once everything is set up the printing process goes pretty quickly. The chipboard was 12″x24″ to start off and to build up the image I printed each color using a different screen. After printing I cut down the chipboard into postcard size using the guillotine, which is a nifty little (and by little I mean huge) device that cuts down a stack of chipboard in one fell swoop.