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White Line Woodblock Print (wayt - layn woodblock print), n. credited to B.J.O. Nordfeldt and a group of innovative artists working in Provincetown, Massachusetts, circa 1915; considered unique to New England and American in origin; produces a multi-color print from a single block of wood and is generally printed on paper with watercolor.


The details of this process are as follows:

  • A design is drawn on paper and transferred in reverse onto a block of wood

  • The lines of the image are cut away

  • The drawn lines of the design are now v-shaped grooves carved into the block

  • Carved lines isolate each color from one another during the printing process

  • Printing paper is secured to the woodblock, using tape, creating a hinged flap

  • Watercolor is applied to the wood with a brush, one section at a time

  • The paper is lowered and presses onto the wet surface

  • This action transfers the pigment to the paper

  • The paper is then lifted to paint another section, repeating the process until complete

  • The visual design is formed by the white of the paper created by the cutout lines in the wood

  • The entire process must be repeated with each print


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