Wood engraving in 2 colors with gouache

V is for VINE

Wood engraving is a form of block printing which is similar to wood cut insofar as the printing process is a relief process, like letterpress printing. The difference is that a wood engraving is cut on end grain maple rather than the plank grain used with wood cuts. End grain maple is a tighter and harder material which, along with the use of burins rather than gouges, allows for very fine detail.

The piece shown here involved engraving 2 blocks, one for the black run and one for the red run. The red was printed first with the black printed after the red dried. The yellow of the leaves is a hand painted gouache.

This is just a bit of play-time occupation here at the Nomadic Press and no clients were involved in the process.