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Wood-Block Printing A Description of the Craft of Woodcutting and Colour Printing Based on the Japanese Practice   By: (1866-1949)

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Wood-Block Printing is an exceptional guide to the intricate art form of woodcutting and color printing, drawing inspiration from the traditional techniques of the Japanese craft. Written by F. Morley Fletcher, this book offers a comprehensive and insightful exploration of the craft, making it a must-read for anyone interested in the history and practice of woodblock printing.

Fletcher's expertise and passion for the subject are evident throughout the book. He begins by providing a brief historical overview, tracing the origins of woodcutting and color printing in Japan. This contextualization sets the stage for the in-depth exploration of the techniques, tools, and materials involved in the craft. From selecting the ideal wood to the intricacies of carving and chiseling, Fletcher's instructions are meticulously detailed, making it easy for readers to follow along and engage in the process themselves.

One of the book's most valuable aspects is the emphasis Fletcher places on the importance of patience and precision in woodblock printing. His explanations of the various carving techniques, such as line carving, texture carving, and surface carving, are accompanied by comprehensive illustrations, allowing readers to visualize and understand the techniques more easily.

Furthermore, the chapter on color printing is a true gem within the book. Fletcher provides step-by-step instructions on the mixing and application of colors, as well as guidance on achieving different tonal effects. This section is particularly enlightening for those seeking a deeper understanding of the intricate and nuanced artistry involved in woodblock printing.

Beyond the technicalities, Fletcher delves into the artistic and creative aspects of the craft. He explores the potential for artistic expression within wood-block printing, discussing composition, design principles, and the use of positive and negative space. This comprehensive approach ensures that the book caters to both beginners and more experienced practitioners, making it a valuable resource for artists of all levels.

The book's layout and design also deserve commendation. The thoughtful organization of chapters, accompanied by numerous high-quality illustrations and diagrams, ensures that readers can easily follow the instructions and grasp the techniques outlined. Fletcher's clear and concise writing style further enhances the accessibility of the content.

While Wood-Block Printing primarily focuses on the Japanese approach to the craft, Fletcher's insights and guidance can undoubtedly be adapted to other cultural traditions and contemporary practices. The book serves as an informative and inspiring resource for anyone interested in woodblock printing, offering both historical context and practical guidance in equal measure.

In conclusion, Wood-Block Printing is an invaluable addition to any artist's library. F. Morley Fletcher's expertise and passion shine through in his detailed explanations, accompanied by a wealth of illustrative material. Whether you are a beginner eager to delve into the art of woodblock printing or a seasoned artist seeking inspiration, this book will undoubtedly deepen your understanding and appreciation of this timeless craft.

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The Artistic Crafts Series of Technical Handbooks Edited By W. R. Lethaby

WOOD BLOCK PRINTING

A Description of the Craft of Woodcutting & Colour Printing Based on the Japanese Practice

by

F. MORLEY FLETCHER

With Drawings and Illustrations by the Author and A. W. Seaby. Also Collotype Reproductions of Various Examples of Printing, and an Original Print Designed and Cut by the Author Printed by Hand on Japanese Taper

[Illustration: Meadowsweet. Collotype reproduction of a woodblock print by the Author. ( Frontispiece .)]

London Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd. Parker Street, Kingsway, W.C.2 Bath, Melbourne, Toronto, New York Printed By Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd. Bath, England

EDITOR'S PREFACE

In issuing these volumes of a series of Handbooks on the Artistic Crafts, it will be well to state what are our general aims.

In the first place, we wish to provide trustworthy text books of workshop practice, from the points of view of experts who have critically examined the methods current in the shops, and putting aside vain survivals, are prepared to say what is good workmanship, and to set up a standard of quality in the crafts which are more especially associated with design. Secondly, in doing this, we hope to treat design itself as an essential part of good workmanship... Continue reading book >>




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