Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wood block carving

Woodblock printing is a technique for printing text, images or patterns used widely throughout East Asia and originating in China in antiquity as a method of printing on textiles and later paper. As a  method of printing on cloth,  the earliest surviving examples from China date to before 220, and woodblock printing remained the most common East Asian method of printing books and other texts, as well as images, until the 19th century. Ukiyo-e is the best known type of  Japanese woodblock art print. Most European uses of the technique for printing images on paper are covered by the art term woodcut, except for the block-books produced mainly in the 15th century.

Yangzhou Museum - woodblock for printing - CIMG2878CC BY-SA 3.0
User:Vmenkov - Own work

Sorry, someone took this picture down;

As children, I think we all have cut a potato in half, carved a design in one end then pressed it on an ink pad to print it.

 Tree stamps as seen on parentella 

Go ahead - raid the potato bin and do it! ( I know you want to)!  :0)


  1. We dabbled a bit with this n my high school art class...I enjoyed it a lot.

    1. We used to make our own wrapping paper with them when my brother and I were little. It was always fun!

  2. There's my sign. :-)

    Ever wonder what the characters are on the prints? I always have.

    1. Thanks for the article, Terry! A good find and I always did wonder!
      My sign is: :0) it means: Grumpy old lady who was made happy by having chickens". Honest....

  3. :)) is my sign....means happy old woman with double chin lol