Woodblock printing 

Painting can be called one of the hobbies or passions of humanity. Today I will write about an extraordinarily unique and novel art form that is woodblock printing. Wood carvings are a type of art and also a means full ability to express emotions and contemporary art. Today, wood carvings are carried out on a broad, rich framework in terms of visual performance. It is no longer in the glass frame or collection but occupies a vast space, can participate in installations inside or outdoors. Woodblock printing can convey more profound, more sophisticated areas, expressing stronger ideas through those forms.

History of Woodblock printing

The technique of printing with relief woodblock printing is the oldest historical printing method. In Europe, the first wood carving works were born between 1400 and 1500, in monasteries of Bavaria and the Alps mountainous region. These are all single-sided prints of individual pages, in the form of single leaflets or rare books that are used to spread ideas about art, worldview, and religion … Wood carving Europe reached its peak in the period Revival when artists like Albrecht Dürer and Hans Baldung created high-value wood carvings. In particular, Albrecht Dürer freed woodcuts from the feature that it only illustrates books, while also bringing a new definition of woodblock painting at that time: an art of communication.

This graphic technique developed in East Asia, it is independently of Europe and has an earlier history. In China, wood carving became popular in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), which was when artists joined together to set up woodworking workshops. Production of Chinese colored wood carving reaches a high level of perfection. In Japan, wood carving developed as an art form since the technique was spread from China at the end of the 8th century. Wood carving in Japan’s heyday during the period from the 17th century to the 19th century. The first Japanese wood carvings were all religious-themed images, composed in the temple’s wood carving workshop and it has many functions such as individual woodblock prints in 15th century Europe.

What is woodblock printing?

“Gravure sure bois “is the word in French; it means« gravure-carved »and« bois-wood »means carving on wood. It is a technique in printing with the support of chisels and edges. Woodcarving use this technique. When an artist draws an image on the surface of a wooden block, the part without ink is removed, while the drawing on the cover carries the ink to be retained for printing.

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The tools needed in woodblock printing

To create delicate and beautiful woodblock printing, you need to use the wood chisels set, the level for wood carving. It includes:

Electrical tools: portable drill, electric saw, wood sanding machine, … these tools will help wood carving become more straightforward and more accessible. Especially with large wooden paintings, these electronic tools will promote their great effect.

A group of chisel tools:

Chisel: The chisel will have an oblique angle on a chisel-like blade or may have slopes on both sides of the chiseled edge. The top part of the tool can be ground at a tilt or flat angle. Some types are also bent before or after. Most carvers often choose for themselves more individual chisels to be more flexible in the process.

Wood file and wood grain file: Wood files are usually rough, big and straight. The wood file is square like a grinding tool, but you can still find thin records with a slightly curved tip that looks like a wood file.

Group of tools used for planing wood: After finish the carving and formatting work for the piece of wood, the next is to use sandpaper to rub the surface of the portion of wood. It is a reasonably necessary operation to prepare for painting or coloring and other substances on finished woodworks. Sandpaper, rough cloth or rough cards will help with this smoothing operation.

Woodblock printing needs meticulousness and care in each carving, wood chisel features of artisans, that rusticness has led viewers to go into a gentle story naturally that the creator of woodblocks wants to shows. The subtle integration of artisans has brought the spirit of drawing into the picture, which gives viewers the most realistic feel. According to the flow of contemporary art, in addition to the modern materials, wood carvings feature features of aesthetic beauty for artists to create creativity and dedication.

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