The technique of printing designs from carved planks of wood is one of the oldest methods of making prints, having been used in China to decorate textiles since the 5th century AD. In Europe, printing from wood blocks on textiles was known from the early 14th century. The woodblock printing technique begins with the artist creating the image and choosing the colors for the print. The image is then transfered to the wood (or other materials, such as industrial linoleum) blocks from which the final print is made. The artist then cuts away all the space around the drawing, leaving the drawn areas raised, or in "relief". Each color and texture of the original design has to be carved onto a separate piece of wood and printed in order. For example, a simple woodblock print with three colors, green, black, and red, would require three carved wood blocks. Ink is then rolled on the surface and the image transferred onto paper either by passing the block through a press or rubbing it by hand. Since the cutaway areas do not take the ink, they appear white on the printed image. All of the following prints are original, limited edition, signed and numbered by the artist; printed on acid free printmaking paper.


new work
woodcut & linocut prints
giclee prints

purchasing information

       The Old Mill  6" x 8"                                                                                      Joy Farm Holiday  7" x 8"  hand-colored
         Big Red  7" x 8.5"


All images copyright 2010 James Tracy