Tugboat Printshop's framing service is back in action and "THE MOON" print can now be purchased framed directly from our website! Pictured above & below in our oversize natural walnut frame with spacers, our frames display artworks simply & elegantly and are also eco-friendly!
All frames are custom made to order by hand, from quality, local PA lumber (oak, walnut, or maple) using all archival materials. Available with spacers or cut mat window options. 2-3 weeks for delivery. Contact us if you'd like a special quote!
Also, thanks to some great recent press on DESIGN*SPONGE and THIS IS COLOSSAL, copies of "THE MOON" are going really fast! If you have been waiting to pick up your copy, don't wait too long!
While we almost always print as a team, printing "THE MOON" especially requires the team effort, with sheets of paper each over 36" x 31" and the blocks nearly the size of our press bed! Each of us rolls one of the two jig-sawed blocks (the moon shape, the sky) that, after inking, are fit together into one and print as the final layer of ink over the silvery grey block, finishing "THE MOON" print. It is a slow, rhythmic process, with great care and precision taken to make sure that each block is carefully and uniformly rolled with ink and, then, that each is locked into position exactly where it needs to be before printing through the press onto paper.
It's a pretty magical experience each time we pull a finished print off the press!
"THE MOON" woodcut is a limited edition of 200 prints, available for purchase framed or unframed in our online shop. You can also see bunches of photos chronicling the development of this large scale artwork on our flickr.
The first layer to print on "THE MOON" print is a silvery grey. The wood block texture really prints nicely in this run!
Final print size is 36" x 31". You can now see the finished 'MOON' print & get a copy of your very own online HERE!
A lost at sea scene of discarded bounty. Though a desert island would suggest a lack of amenities, this island is brimming with them! A castaways paradise of knick knacks for refashioning. A wonderance of excess becomes a shred of hope scenerio.
And, yes! There will be color, too!
Join up to our mailing list to be the first to hear about this print's introduction at a special, pre-order rate. Real soon!
Almost finished with all of the pen work on this key block for a long, colorful print in the works. It's long in a way that makes it really difficult to take a picture without the lens bowing the block. (The block, pictured above, is 16" tall by 28", the print will be roughly 20" x 30" bleed.)
Whole lotta little going on in the piles and piles of knick knacks, too! If you want to know more about our plans with this image here, we wrote some in this earlier post that could help.
And! We'll be pre-ordering it soon! If you'd like a deal, join up to our mailing list where our subscribers get first dibs on new releases at intro rates. We'll have lots to show in the coming months, we think you'd enjoy what you'd see!
Or just check our shop every now and again. We update it often!
We're starting on a new series/time period in our woodcut history. We're calling this one BRAVE NEW WORLD. This period probably started around the time that we made the "FARM BARGE" print and has continued to include "THE FOUR ELEMENTS SET" and "THE MOON" as well. Now we're working through a couple of new big woodcuts (including the above, title TBA, the block of which is slightly taller than the 35.5" 'Moon' print). Actually, we kinda have this huge mass of ideas we can't wait to make happen…so it's back to work for us! Stay tuned for so much more this year. And please feel free to share with others!
One man's trash is another man's treasure. Well, there is a whole lot out there, used up and tossed aside, that all finds its way somewhere. "DESERT ISLAND" reimagines the classic comic desert island scenario, only in this version, piles upon piles of hand-me-down resources await. Abandoned mattresses, coolers, milk jugs, and more! All greatly useful to a shipwrecked MacGyver!
We'll be listing this woodcut print for pre-order real soon! Join up to our MAILING LIST to get a introductory deal when it debuts. "DESERT ISLAND" will be a full color print, colors TBD printed bleed off the edges of the paper. Probably sized around 22" x 32". Probably some rainbow rolls!
More detail shots from a print we're finalizing the drawing on right now. Working title is "DESERT ISLAND". This will be a 20" tall by 32" wide color woodcut, probably with the color printing bleed off the edges of the paper. But we'll keep you updated with these decisions as the print wraps up! Join our mailing list if you're interested in the pre-order, we'll be offering it at an intro rate in our newsletter shortly!
At work on one of two big new woodcut prints…this is just a small detail of one in the works. Drawing first in pencil, then in pen, and then carving it all out in low relief. More photos of the block in progress to come this week! Sign up for our newsletter to hear when the new stuff becomes available for pre-order!
We're bringing our framing service back! Details will be online real soon, but until then we'll be posting readymade framed prints to our ETSY FRAME SECTION. All archivally float-mounted to show the print's edges, exhibition style in 100% local PA hardwoods & simple, contemporary white mats. Available with spacers or custom cut white mats. We use plexiglas if frames require shipping (glass option for local orders) and include tyvek dust seals on the backs. Ready to ship! Ready to hang! Browse what's available HERE!
"FROND" and "WOODEN CHAIRS" shown above float-mounted with spacers in our natural walnut frame.
Please inquire for a quote if a print you'd liked to get framed isn't listed! We are happy to help!
This Friday, April 5th, from 5-8pm, we are having a release party to celebrate & unveil "THE MOON" woodcut print!
Enjoy light refreshments at this free & family friendly event and take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn about traditional woodcut printmaking from artists & printers Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth. Bring along a pal or a bunch of friends, the more the merrier! Party takes place from 5-8pm at our studios (298 Main St. in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh)
The party will be themed for "THE MOON" print, but we actually have a handful of new prints to celebrate, AND are about to jumpstart our frameshop so everything you see on the walls will basically be available framed & ready to go. PLUS we'll have a couple of our latest BIG works in progress on display, for those curious about process & eager to see what's coming up from Tugboat Printshop…
A good time to stop by, we hope to see you!
"THE MOON" is a 35.5" x 30.5" color woodcut print on BFK Paper.
Also, feel free to join & share the MOON EVENT ON FACEBOOK!
Finished prints of the new "SNAKE VINE" woodcut will be ready to ship out early next week! Be part of the first batch of orders to ship when you get your copy here!
Shown above, the printed layers building into the final print. "SNAKE VINE" is a 11" x 20.5" color woodcut on Natural Kitakata Paper. Edition size of 200 prints.
The new "SNAKE VINE" woodcut is now available for a pre-order of sorts! Happy 1st day of Spring!
"SNAKE VINE" is a 11" x 20.5" color woodcut printed from three hand-drawn and carved blocks (of birch plywood) by team Tugboat (Paul and Valerie). Printed on Natural Kitakata Paper in a limited edition of 200 prints. Prints will ship post-production, the week of April 5th, 2013. Visit our online shop for details!
We're finally pretty sure of our colors for the new "SNAKE VINE" woodcut… should have a first proof of the print to show as early as later today!
"GRASS HOUSE" is now available again in our online shop! Printed in cheery bright colors onto Ivory Somerset paper, 8" x 10".
Get one HERE!
Or view all of our available prints HERE!