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Woodcut Portrait – Manga Style – Hand Painted with Watercolors

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This is a post from Belinda Del Pesco’s Art Blog Belinda Del Pesco.

Carving a Stylized Manga-Inspired Woodcut Portrait

Have you ever made a woodcut? It’s the same process as carving and printing a linocut, except it’s carved and printed from wood. This is a doodle-turned woodcut portrait, inspired by Manga art, and hand colored with watercolor and colored pencils. If you’d like to try one, you can get the shina wood at McClains.

Like most of my printmaking, this one started as a doodle. Then it was re-drawn on a piece of Shina wood from McClain’s.

I painted the image with watercolor, just because, and then started to carve the wood.

Inking the woodcut block for the first time with a speedball brayer and akua ink

Pulling the first print from the inked woodcut block

After a day in the studio, inking and pulling woodcut prints (the hanging system is made from stainless curtain spring clips, like this, and coated wire you can take down and store when you’re not drying prints.)

Painting watercolor on unsized japanese printmaking paper can look blotchy, since the pigment bleeds out and through the paper (see below)

The watercolor is seeping through the rear of this Japanese Kozo printmaking paper, but it’s ok, and it’ll dry just fine.

After the watercolor has dried, it’s always *so fun* to tint areas with soft veils of colored pencil!

The woodblock next to the finished print. This is an edition of 25, and I get to color every one of them differently if I want. Art Boss.

Woodcut and Linocut Tutorial List

Lily – 8 x 6 inch Woodcut, Hand Painted with Watercolors and Colored Pencils – Available in my Etsy Shop over here

Printmaking tools beckoning…

Engage Your Creative Brain

Learning how to make art in a new way is a Refresh Button for our creativity. We busy our hands, comprehend new things, and express ourselves at the same time.

Learning a new art-making method also expands neuropaths and makes our brains stronger. Plus, we’ve got something new to show for our efforts; a block print, a watercolor or a drawing, etc.

If you’re in the Baby Boomer generation, studies show that we can handle responsibility and hard work like pros, but we’re fearful about learning new stuff (technology, online banking, using Uber or AirBnB, etc.). Why are we fearful? Because we can’t tolerate being beginners.

We need to know how to do things, instantly, in order to stay engaged. In other words, we feel dumb if we don’t get it right the first time, so we either avoid new things, or toss in the towel after the Intro. What say you on this matter?

Here’s a playlist of linocut demonstrations on my YouTube Channel

Avoiding the Learning Curve

I’m fascinated with what makes each generation tick. And I’m intrigued by this Beginner Avoidance trend. Are you an avoider of new things? Are you interested in making art with new methods? Do you stall over starting a new project for fear that you “don’t know how”?

If so, take comfort in a handful of truths; 1) every single one of us is a beginner when we try new things, 2) youtube is your 24/7 private teacher when you have process questions and 3) it’s only art. You’re not performing lifesaving surgery on a puppy. Jump right in.

You’re just carving an image, inking a block, and pressing it to paper. If it doesn’t work, toss it, and make another one. Really and truly. Have some fun. You deserve it.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you in the next post!


Money Saving Tip: You can buy unmounted linoleum by the roll, and split the volume with other printmaking friends.

Art Quote

It turned out this man worked for the Dalai Lama. And she said gently – that they believe when a lot of things start going wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is trying to get itself born – and that this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly as possible.

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One of my dry point engravings (this one) was featured in The Hand Magazine. Huge Grin. :)

Watch this free video mini course: Six Tips to Paint More Often

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