Wood Engraving How to Do It

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-05-24
  • Publisher: A&C Black
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This book is an easily followed, simple how-to-do-it manual on wood engraving for the beginner, written by a master of the field.  The processes of printing and engraving are clearly explained, together with their material requirements, up-to-date variations on techniques, and all the tips and methods that the author has found helpful in 30 years as a practitioner.  The book is also a beautiful object in its own right and as the author Simon Brett's work is highly collectible, the book will be particularly welcome to all those who treasure his work and fine wood engraving in general.

Author Biography

Simon Brett is an artist, printmaker, prize winning book illustrator and a former chairman of the Society of Wood Engravers. He taught for 18 years, from 1970 to 1989, and has written widely on the history and practice of wood engraving, editing the Engravers handbooks for the Society of Wood Engravers and An Engraver's Globe, which showed the work of over 200 artists from 23 countries, for Primrose Hill Press. He has curated major exhibitions for the Society and for the British Council.

Table of Contents

The Arrangement of the Bookp. 7
Introduction: Basic Principlesp. 9
The Handp. 13
The Act of Printingp. 13
Basic printingp. 13
Inkp. 13
Pressurep. 16
Better Printingp. 19
Make-readyp. 20
Design and printing - and three case historiesp. 26
Inspecting the print - troubleshootingp. 34
Loweringp. 36
The Act of Engravingp. 39
Holding the toolp. 40
First cutsp. 41
Sampler blocksp. 43
Good habitsp. 46
Not addition but subtractionp. 50
The Mindp. 55
The Means to Orderp. 55
Designing for Engravingp. 61
Preparing a designp. 63
Putting the design on the blockp. 67
Darkening the blockp. 68
Transferring the designp. 69
Drawing the design on the woodp. 73
A personal choicep. 75
Designing through engravingp. 76
Choices - Shapes, surfaces and formsp. 79
Choices - Some other examplep. 82
Choices - Marksp. 86
Choices - Edgesp. 89
Proofing and re-engravingp. 99
The pains to knowp. 102
Setting Upp. 105
Blocksp. 105
Engraving toolsp. 110
The choice and care of toolsp. 113
Other engraving equipmentp. 115
Paperp. 116
Inkp. 118
Rollersp. 119
Pressesp. 120
Cleaning agentsp. 122
Spacep. 122
Self-helpp. 123
Contactsp. 124
Suppliersp. 126
A beginner's shopping listp. 127
Matters Arisingp. 129
Indexp. 159
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