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Wood-Block Printing

A Description of the Craft of Woodcutting and Colour Printing Based on the Japanese Practice

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Published: 1916
Language: English
Wordcount: 17,821 / 60 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58.7
LoC Categories: T, NE
Downloads: 2,520
Added to site: 2006.12.27 15645
Genres: Instructional, Art

he Japanese practice.

My interest was first drawn in 1897 to experiments that were being made by Mr. J. D. Batten, who for two years previously had attempted, and partially succeeded in making, a print from wood and metal blocks with colour mixed with glycerine and dextrine, the glycerine being afterwards removed by washing the prints in alcohol. As the Japanese method seemed to promise greater advantages and simplicity, we began experiments together, using as our text-book the pamphlet by T. Tokuno, published by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, and the dextrine and glycerine method was soon abandoned. The edition of prints, however, of Eve and the Serpent designed by J. D. Batten, printed by myself and published at that time, was produced partly by the earlier method and partly in the simpler Japanese way.

Familiar as everyone is with Japanese prints, it is not generally known that they are produced by means of an extremely simple craft. No machinery is required, but only a few tools fo



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