April Vollmer

April Vollmer

New York, NY
Buds Transformed, Japanese Woodcut
16 x 20

“Buds Transformed” was made using 4 blocks of Shina 5-ply plywood and is printed on Awagami kozo Japanese paper in 2010.

Block Making
Transfer digital sketch to four blocks, including the kento registration marks. Do the color separations for each color in your head while cutting: green flowers, blue shadow, blue detail and yellow stamens. Proof, and correct cutting for the single stem of flowers.

Printing
Apply chromium oxide and hansa yellow pigment dispersion to the first block, print four times, rotating the paper in the kento registration notches each time, to create a radiating, partially overlapping image of four stems. Do the same for each successive block, using pthalo blue, quinacridone violet and midori yellow. For some blocks, only apply color to some portions. Use plain water to bleed out some of the colors to create “bokashi” gradation printing. Print using a baren, and keep the paper damp while printing. Stack finished prints between newsprint and dry under weight. View under raking light.