A woodcut print is an artistic technique in relief printing. One carves an image into the surface of a block of wood, removing all the non-printing parts. By rolling black ink over the surface of the block, only the surface area will become the print on paper.
I received a Christmas card this year called Nativity with Midwife , a woodcut print from Eric Gill’s Book of Engravings published in 1929. It reminded me of how much I like the look of woodcut prints. In fact I have been working on a petit point project that resembles a woodcut print. I took a photograph taken by my son-in-law Jessie and turned it into a black and white image. I then turned the black and white image into a needle point chart.
The photo is of my grandchildren, Aria and Olee, at the top of Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel overlooking the Baha’i Gardens. I am using a 28 count Irish linen and black DMC cotton embroidery thread. I began working on this (on and off) since April 2008. and I am almost halfway there. You can see from what I have already completed how the project is taking on the look of a woodcut print. I am looking forward to completing it so I can frame it and put it on my wall. I will be sure to post the final results once I have finished it.