Relief Printmaking Basics : Relief Printmaking Line Curving

Relief Printmaking Basics : Relief Printmaking Line Curving


One of the most difficult lines to make in
a wood block, is a curved line. And it will take some practice until you get use to the
material, and use to your carving tools in order to do the more fluid curved lines. But
as we talked before about carving away from you, and the dexterity that you need to by
keeping the tool in that position, if you’re going to do a curve, you’re going to want
to turn the block so that you’re still keeping your tool in that position, away from you,
and giving you the opportunity to have the tool in the position that’s going to be easiest
for you to carve. Now up in this area, where I will be carving away, I’m going to make
some, lots of curvy lines, so we can talk a little bit about carving a curve. Now again,
I’m going to try to keep this block away from me, moving it, moving it, so that I’m barely
putting pressure with my tool onto the block of wood, and I’m just letting it glide into
the surface as I move my block. This is going to give me the easiest curved line without
putting too much pressure into the wood. The more pressure you put into the wood with your
carving tool, the more difficult it is going to be for you to keep control of that tool.
Just a very small amount of pressure will make a line. This is probably the most import
thing to remember when carving, is just a little bit of pressure onto that wood is going
to give you the line that you need, and allow you to move the block more freely and get
a more controlled line.

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