Hey everybody! Back in 2013 I posted some images of a giant woodblock I carved being steamroller printed at the Taste the Arts festival in Visalia, California. But did you know that I also have video of this glorious printmakerly occasion! Well I do! And I finally posted it online! Check it out!
Did you noticed that at the end I sound really pleased and surprised that it actually turned out? Well that’s because as cool as steamroller printing is, it’s much more about making a spectacle, and not really a terribly effective way to get nice crisp prints. We only got about 3 decent prints of my block that day which was just not enough to satisfy my need to edition this sucker. So just a couple months ago I got a hold some over-sized mulberry paper and thought I would try printing this monstrosity by hand. And it actually came out pretty well.
The whole ordeal was pretty time consuming, but not as difficult as I thought it would be. When I first tried hand printing this thing I only had enough paper to make two impressions. But I just ordered a couple of new rolls of over-sized paper and am hoping to start making more of these beauties in the next few weeks. Also, the realization that hand burnishing a block this large really isn’t that difficult has definitely inspired me to keep working at this scale. I’m already planning my next giant piece. I’ll keep you guys posted!