Author : Julia Chausson
Good to know:
With wood engraving, it is necessary to engrave a wood block for each colour, which restricts the artist to a limited number of colours. But this constraint is also an advantage: it means the artist must simplify the drawing and compose the image differently.
1. Placing markers
Once the first block is engraved, place markers for engraving the second wood block. Use a wood block that has the same format as the first one.
Ink the first engraved wood block and print it on a draft paper. Accurately set the blank wood block on the freshly printed sheet.
Turn over and rub the paper using the back of a small spoon or a Japanese baren. This process enables you to transfer the image from the first block onto the second.
2. Placing the second colour
A vous de déterminer où vous souhaitez placer la seconde couleur.
Decide where you want to place the second colour.
For this coastal landscape, I used this second block to colour the expanse of water, create white spaces, and highlight the shrubs in the foreground, the boats and the reflections on the water.
Tip: To place the second colour, you can use charcoal to draw directly on the second wood block. But remember to fix it with a fixative. Then engrave around your charcoal drawing.