Punto in Aria

Punto in Aria key block by Heather Page, wood relief print on mulberry paper, 15 inches x 15 inches

Title: Punto in Aria
Media: Wood relief print on mulberry paper
Size: 15″ x 15″
Edition: Work in progress
 
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detail views

Punto in Aria by Heather Page, detail image 1, wood relief print on mulberry paper, 15 inches by 15 inches
Punto in Aria by Heather Page, detail image 2, wood relief print on mulberry paper, 15 inches by 15 inches
Punto in Aria by Heather Page, detail image 3, wood relief print on mulberry paper, 15 inches by 15 inches

process

Punto in Aria will be an original relief print on mulberry paper in three colors made from three woodburned and carved oak plywood blocks.

 
We make relief prints by rolling ink over the surface of an object, placing a piece of paper on top, and transferring the ink to the paper with pressure.
 
This piece is still in progress, but you can see where I am on the carving in the images below

Key block for Punto in Aria by Heather Page, carved and woodburned oak plywood, 16 inches by 16 inches

This is the key block
 
The key block gets printed last, but it’s the first block that gets carved because it works as a sort of cartoon outline – it’s imagery tends to stretch across the block and it’s also the most detailed block.

Punto in Aria block 1 by Heather Page, carved and woodburned oak plywood, 16 inches by 16 inches

This is the bottom block
 
Once the key block is done, I then print it on the other blocks I’m going to use for the print.
 
See the blue design on the wood? Oil ink stays wet for a while, so I can make a print of the key block, then flip that print ink-side down on another piece of wood, and send it through the press. The print transfers onto the wood, giving me a guide by which I can carve.
 
I can keep printing the same print onto every block I need for the artwork. I write the order in which I printed them on the block because each time that print goes through the press, it stretches a little. This is my favorite way of registering my blocks because it’s the most accurate.

Punto in Aria block 2 by Heather Page, carved and woodburned oak plywood, 16 inches by 16 inches

And this is the middle block
 
See the tabs at the top of the block? They help me to register, or align, the images on my various blocks as well as my printing paper. Every block and piece of printing paper gets a set of tabs in the same place.
 
To use the tabs, I put metal buttons in the tab holes on my printing paper & then push the buttons through the corresponding holes on the block’s tabs.

 
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