Printing a 4′ x 8′ woodcut onto canvas…

woman stands on top of barrel on top of blanket-covered plywood…is not very easy, and as I discovered, probably only possible (to do WELL) with a steamroller or heavier lawn roller. Anyway, here’s my attempt (photo at right) of rolling across the canvas (canvas on top of woodcut, all underneath protective blankets) with a lawn roller, me walking circus-bear-style (for added weight) on top.

The result was ok. The black ink was not as black as it should’ve been–definitely grey. And the front part of the hog was much darker, as I rolled over and over, back and forth numerous times. With repetitive rolling on top, you can achieve dark grey printing. The result is the banner (below) we used to announce a group show (“The Writing’s on the Wall”) that opened October 1. You can see the front part of the hog is darker than the rest, as that was rolled over and over with the lawn roller when printing.

banner on side of building shows 8ft. woodcut print of hog and title: 'The Writing's on the Wall'

Banner for our group show "The Writing's on the Wall." Hog is 8ft long and 4ft tall.

One thought on “Printing a 4′ x 8′ woodcut onto canvas…

  1. Hi, I have a few questions because I’m looking at lawn rollers as a way to print large woodcut prints. Was your roller filled with water or sand and was the canvas dampened or wet when you printed the banner?

    Thanks!
    Cindy Tidler

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