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There is something satisfying about learning a new skill – a physical or mental challenge, an outlet for expression, experimentation. I had always wanted to try woodblock printmaking and this is the year I have got round to it.

Inspiration for my first large-scale print came from one of my series of photographs of a riverbank.

Cutting the first block was a challenge.

I like the strong image in black of this block, printed in the Albion press on thick Western paper.

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The process of printing by hand on Japanese paper is much more satisfying though and gives a more subtle result.

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A second block was made to give a second colour, by offsetting a print of the first block onto another identical sized piece of wood, and in this case cutting a partial shadow image.

This turned out to be an abstract image when printed on its own.

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Then the tortuous process of trying out different colour combinations began. I made this more difficult by also trying different papers, some coloured or textured and also combining monoprints to give a varied background.

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I was working towards a Four Seasons series theme.

Here are some tentative combinations.

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A steep learning curve but I am hooked.

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