Sunday, March 25, 2007
The engraving begins!
This is the first wood engraving I've done in 20 years. It's taking a while to get used to the tools again; that's why I've been practising making marks on the bits of the block that are going to be white (ie, cut away). The rough scraper-boardy like drawing beside the block (and shown below) is a rough I did on the computer to get myself into 'white-line' mode again. It's proving very useful to guide my strokes. I also did a pencil rough and flipped it to see if there were any glaring errors.
Yesterday I ordered a new roller and some newsprint to proof on. Sadly I couldn't afford the durathene refill that would fit my roller frame, so I've compromised on getting a good quality student rubber roller from Lawrences. The durathene will wait till later.