The Process

Sketch, Steven Kean, Printmaker, Oahu
It all begins with a sketch.
Every woodblock print I create starts here and transforms along the way throughout the process.
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Carving, Steven Kean, Printmaker, Oahu
Carving the block
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kneading ink, Steven Kean, Printmaker, Oahu
'Loosening up' the ink to get it to the right viscosity
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rolling ink, Steven Kean, Printmaker, Oahu
Inked up block and tools of the trade:
A brayer, ink, palette knife, and a barren (or in this case, a bamboo rice paddle)
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printing press, Steven Kean, Printmaker, Oahu
Rolling the inked up block and paper through the press
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pulling a print, Steven Kean, Honolulu Printmaker, Oahu
Pulling the print, the 'reveal'
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Impact, Steven Kean, Printmaker, Oahu
Mounting the print on backboard to be framed
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Impact, Steven Kean, Printmaker, Oahu
The final product.
An original woodblock print floated in a shadow box style custom built frame
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