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4 - Second Stage of Carving

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Unit 4- Clearing Channels

The purpose of carving the blocks is to make them good for printing and this stage is important in that clearance is created around the printing areas.

Aim

In this unit each colour area will have a clear area carved around it to provide clearance between the paper and pigment. This ensures a clean and crisp print without unwanted marks. The shape of the channel around each colour is different for every colour and block, however a consistent width and depth is achieved without excess work.

Resources

Image

Description

Size & link

 

Introduction

What you will be doing and the items you will need.

2.35

 

Gouges

An introduction to gouges, the main tool we will be using for this stage.

5.51

 

Clearing – How to do this stage

An instruction video covering the techniques used, the width and depth of the channels needed and other tips.

14.20

 

Fast Motion of the process

See the whole process of one of the blocks in a fast motion video only 2 minutes long.

2.08

     
     
 

Notes

Process, Materials and Sources

PDF

     

Before progressing to the next step, you should have…

Created a tidy channel around each colour area with the right depth and width. Each block will have a slightly different shape determined by the shape of the colour area.

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