Janne Robberstad

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Wood cut workshop

By spotogspindel | February 7, 2010

I attended a wood-cut workshop last night. Our teacher, Jan Terje Rafdal, is a very talented graphic artist.

Here he is in his studio. A very inspiring place, might I add. He is also a great painter, and you can see some of his oil-paintings here. 

Here he is showing some of his work, and how metal etching prints works. 

Here is the picture I had chosen to work with, taken in Paris this summer.

After I´ve reduced it from millions to three colors… 

Tracing the grey areas onto the MDF-plate.

Chizzeling away…

First layer done!

Mixing the print-color.

Getting ready for the first test-run through the press.

Adjusting the press….

First test-print in the middle-color. 

Here is a test-print with both layers, the white-grey-black photocopy, and the second wood-cut layer, all ready chizzled. 

And here is the final picture:

It was so much fun trying out this, to me, new technique. There is still some “dust”/traces of wood in the picture, and I have some prints without them, but we kind of agreed that this one looks more like a wood-cut, while the other one looked more like silk-screen. The print is 20×23 cm, and I never thought I´d be able to finish both layers in just 4 hours. 

Now THAT was a fun way to spend a Saturday evening!

Topics: Art, Technique | 5 Comments »

5 Responses to “Wood cut workshop”

  1. sherry goodloe Says:
    February 7th, 2010 at 19:49

    That is really cool! What a great workshop to be able to take and learn from someone so talented.

  2. Laurie Says:
    February 7th, 2010 at 23:45

    What a great class!

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  3. michelle Says:
    February 9th, 2010 at 19:09

    this is way too cool!!!! you are such an inspiration to keep trying new things and continue learning. thank you!

  4. Andrew Says:
    February 10th, 2010 at 04:33

    Thanks for the storyboard. Are you cutting into MDF? It looks like a god material as is so regular and smooth but there are health warnings regards to the dust? It’;s a great artwork by the way!

  5. lulu Says:
    February 12th, 2010 at 05:43

    Oh my gosh! I can’t believe this is your first woodcut. You are such a pro!