6/11/16

PRINTING "ACORN" WOODCUTS





















Producing the "ACORN" woodcut began this week! Earth tones rainbow across the first block to print (top pic), brown to gold to green. The key block adds most of the "ACORN" detailing. Ornamental markings suggest vibrating energy at work. A mighty oak shoots straight out the acorn's cap! 

"ACORN" is 13" x 10" on Natural Kitakata (off-white) paper.  100 prints, going fast! Get your copy HERE!

6/3/16

"ACORN" Woodcut























Many new developments happening here at fort Tugboat... 

Here's one to start: the "ACORN" woodcut!

The beginnings of a mighty oak sprout from an acorn cap. Brown gives way to gold, unfurling then in bright sap green.  Geometric patterns pulse with the energy of growth! The tree shoots up, spreading leaves to sunbeams.

Two woodblocks, both printed in split fountains, make the print. "ACORN" is 13" x 10" on Natural Kitakata, 100 prints total. Get your copy HERE!


12/28/15

FINAL COLOR FOR "OVERLOOK"
















Since our first unveiling of the drawing on the key block & the introduction of pre-order in late August of 2014, we have worked steadily on the "OVERLOOK" print, designing, drawing, and carving each of the five 44" x 28" blocks.

After weeks of proofing & refining and remixing & reproofing & re-refining again and again, color proofing is finished! The print has changed a lot and in really great ways! 

We now introduce the "OVERLOOK" Woodcut Print in color! Printed from 5 blocks on 46" x 30" Okawara paper. Limited Edition of 100 prints. On pre-order currently, set to rise after the publication of the edition in January. (See the full print on our site!)

"OVERLOOK" is an expansive landscape lush with vibrant color and vivid patternwork. Intricate in every way, fabulously attentive to detail. The print shows a outdoor landscape that plays with scale as it rises from top to bottom from a dense forest woodland to fields and up into foothills, mountains, and finally a voluptuously clouded sky topped with a glowing blue gradient.

The "OVERLOOK" looks amazing as a single vertical piece but can also be matched up to the edges of itself to create a long, scroll-like vista of infinite size!

Available for purchase on our site HERE.

Or follow the whole making process as it continues to evolve in the printing of the edition HERE.

11/16/15

FINE-TUNING "OVERLOOK" BLOCKS

Final proof coming! We're color balancing & carving our last fixes in preparation for printing that for real color proof of the "OVERLOOK" woodcut this week! Hoping to have final print decisions made by Friday, and a newsletter to share it with y'all!

5 total blocks make the "OVERLOOK" woodcut print, years in the making (we haven't counted hours by boy it's been a LOT!) 

Join up to our mailing list to be the first to see how this epic project wraps up! Just enter your email at www.tugboatprintshop.com!

11/1/15

FAVORITE FRAMES




















Some shots of the "DAISY BOUQUET" woodcut on Kitakata paper. Paper size is 20" x 16", the artwork is printed from 2 woodblocks. Framed here in pickled maple with spacers & museum glass. (This is how we typically frame our prints for exhibition, with the hand-printed paper displayed object-like in a simple and elegant hardwood frame. Walnut & pickled maple are our current favorite woods!)

10/27/15

LAWRENCEVILLE ARTIST STUDIO TOUR














Update! It's been a tough call to make, but Tugboat Printshop will NOT be open for the annual Lawrenceville Artists' Studio Tour November 7th. We've got a brand new baby, an event in NYC the same day, are working to finish the "OVERLOOK" print and are just stretched too far to make it work this year. Apologies to all that were hoping to drop by!
We'll be open by appointments again starting next week (Monday, Nov. 9th), so be in touch if you'd like to come check out some color woodcut prints!
T.B.P.S. | Floor #2 | 4514 Plummer St. | PGH, PA

10/16/15

"OVERLOOK" SKY FINISHING






















We transferred the sky drawing/carving from our 1st "OVERLOOK" blue block to the 2nd "OVERLOOK" blue block and then drew in some more sky details. The overall effect will (probably) compare to the sky in the "DESERT ISLAND" woodcut but with all mid-day blue tones.

(Carving is almost done, too! Forgive us for being behind in posting & documenting a bit...we're about to bring another tugboateer into our little Pittsburgh family! Baby 2 any day!)

10/6/15

MAKING "OVERLOOK" BLUE SKIES


















Moving info from one "OVERLOOK" woodblock to another "OVERLOOK" woodblock (through transfer--printing from one block to another). Once this dries, we'll draw & carve the final details of the expansive blue sky and be ready to roll!!!

5 total woodblocks make the "OVERLOOK" woodcut, a huge print-in-progress we're about to wrap up that we've been working on on-and-off for the past 3 years

We'll be updating the print's webpage with new proof pictures as we get them, but you can get an idea of the current direction of the print HERE or access all of our in-progress shots to date HERE

10/1/15

LAST BATCH OF 'DAISIES'!
















New "DAISY BOUQUET" woodcuts, hand-printed from 2 woodblocks, done & drying in the racks! The last batch of prints from this popular edition (going fast!), available exclusively in our little online shop! More info & pics of the finished print HERE.

CARVING BLOCK #5

















Headed to press with the "OVERLOOK" to begin final proofing when we're done carving this last block! The 5th woodblock (4th color block) made for this lush vertical landscape print-in-progress, this block will add lots of dark green & shadowy depth...

9/26/15

ABOUT TO PRINT AGAIN!

















The last (5th!) block for the "OVERLOOK" is now totally drawn in (and almost carved!) and the other 4 are getting fine-tuned for the beginning of final proofing in the coming week. 

With all the blocks carved, years into this massive project, we are beyond excited to start mixing colors and begin to realize this giant series of woodblocks as a big color woodcut print! 

Easily the most complex & detailed artwork we've ever made together (or apart, for that matter), the "OVERLOOK" began as a simple sketch around the time we were drawing in "THE MOON" and slowly over the years, alongside other woodcuts, took shape as an abundantly lush vertical landscape vibrating with patterns of the natural world.

Should be an exciting few weeks! Stay tuned!

9/18/15

ROLLING ON FROM COLUMBIA






















Thanks to everyone in Columbia, Missouri, that came out to see us last night at the Tugboat Printshop pop-up at Hitt Records! Today, we're headed to Lawrence, KS, for the 2nd annual Lawrence Print Fair! Join us at the Lawrence Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 19, 10am-4pm!

9/17/15

T.B.P.S. AT WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY






















Paul made a special artist visit to his alma mater today in St. Louis! Here, talking with students in "Feedback Loop" at the Washington University Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts about Tugboat Printshop woodcut prints! 
Tonight we're show & selling woodcuts in Columbia, MO, at Hitt Records above Uprise Bakery! A Tugboat Printshop Pop-up, one night only! 6-9pm 
Tomorrow, on to Kansas for the Lawrence Arts Center Print Fair!