5/15/15

NEW SHOP HOURS!


















Tugboat Printshop will be open today & tomorrow and all Fridays & Saturdays here-on-out for regular shop hours in our new artist space at RADIANT HALL! 

NEW SHOP HOURS! Friday 2-6pm & Saturday 10-2pm 

Find the T.B.P.S. Woodcut Showrooma cozy gallery-style spot for browsing framed & unframed prints, at 4514 Plummer St., 2nd Floor, Lawrenceville Pittsburgh 15201. 

Look for the sign out front the brick warehouse building labeled RADIANT HALL (it's a cooperative artist studio space!) that says 'OPEN WOODCUTS!' That's us!

Today, Paul will be carving on the "OVERLOOK" red block, so you can see that in action too if you stop by. Cool!



















5/12/15

BLUE, RED, YELLOW FOR OVERLOOK

























1, 2, 3 color woodblocks so far for the "OVERLOOK"! Plus the key block makes 4 (the key is the detail block, printed in a dark tone, see that on our site). Shouldn't be long & we'll be headed to press to begin the process of inking & proofing! Size of this print will be about 44" tall by 28" wide, bleed off the paper edges. 

Everything we make is totally handmade, drawn & carved & printed by hand. This process takes time, but yields really dramatic results! The blocks above will be carved even more as the print develops on press. An additional 4th color block will be carved to add even more rich color tone after we see these three above proofed together with the key. 

5/1/15

NEW! T.B.P.S. WOODCUT SHOWROOM!






















Come see Tugboat Printshop's new "Showroom"--a space for browsing original woodcut prints. This intimate, gallery-style setting will feature woodcut prints new and old, framed and unframedOur newest print, "LOG", will be available for pick-up or framing during our 1st opening event May 8th!

Tugboat Printshop Woodcut Showroom

2nd Floor | 4514 Plummer St. 

Lawrenceville | Pittsburgh, PA

May 8, 5-8pm

RSVP THE EVENT HERE or just show up!

EDITIONING "LOG" (YELLOW)



















In production on the "LOG" woodcut print this week, we'll start shipping orders out from Pittsburgh on May 8th! Local pick-up available at our new woodcut showroomHere, printing the first block, yellow!

4/24/15

THE NEW "LOG" IN COLOR!


















Introducing the new "LOG" woodcut in vivid, wild, glowing color! Printing is going so smooth & the print itself is looking so dreamy. Delightful!


4 woodblocks make "LOG", each an impressed layer of woodgrain color. (See all of the blocks here.)
Printed on 16" x 20" Natural Kitakata Paper. Edition of 100. 

In joy, we're extending the earlybird intro rate until Monday (4/26)! Last chance for "LOG" special!

YELLOW BLOCK FOR "LOG"




















The final piece of the "LOG" woodcut puzzle--the yellow block! 4 blocks together make the final artwork. More about that & all the blocks (and first proof!) here.

4/21/15

RED BLOCK FOR "LOG"




















Just updated the "LOG" page on our site with all of the finished color block carvings! Stay tuned for a color proof in the coming days, hoping to have a copy to show by Friday's newsletter. Join up at tugboatprintshop.com to be the first to see the color print!

4/10/15

BLUE FOR LOG - CARVED!


















This block will create  blues, greens, browns & purplesEach block prints one color, layers of ink building with every impression. "LOG" will be a colorful & lush woodcut world in miniature! 

4/7/15

BLUE FOR LOG!


















We're making 4 color blocks for the "LOG" woodcut. Here's the blue! This block is the first to be drawn & carved.  When this block is completely carved out, we'll transfer this image back to our other color blocks (since there is some information here that is not on the key, but we want on other color blocks). Should get exciting in the color very soon & we hope to head to press shortly! (See the key detail block below)


"LOG" will be a 5 block, 16" x 20" woodcut print.


3/26/15

CELEBRATING 100 TODAY!




100 woodcut prints made! 
100 newsletters sent!
We're celebrating big landmarks with a woodcut special! 

For the next 100 hours we are gifting $20 in T.B.P.S. gift certificates for every $100 spentA really great opportunity to invest in future prints!(Offer expires 3/31/15 at 2pm EST)

Visit our shop & take advantage of this (once every 100) special special! No coupons necessary, deal is automatic at checkout through the end date (3/31/15). Gift certificates will ship with orders. 

Thanks for all of your support!
Here's to another 100!

3/12/15

FINAL "COMMUNITY" PRINTS





















Printed the remaining limited edition prints in the "COMMUNITY" edition a couple weeks ago (sometimes, since it's just the two of us, we print big runs in a couple batches).

"COMMUNITY" is printed from 4 hand-drawn, hand-carved woodblocks. Here, Paul is pulling up the finished print on paper from the black (key) woodblock after a final run through the press.

The limited edition is now printed in full! Prints are available online, signed, dry & ready to ship!

"COMMUNITY" is a 16" x 20" color woodcut; order original prints here!

BIG DRAWING & CARVING


















The blue block is drawn in and we're already fast at the carving of it and the others, so excited & eager to finish so we can start proofing the "OVERLOOK"!



2/18/15

OVERLOOK BLUE

















Getting there! This is the most intense of all of the color blocks (1 of 4 total) for the "OVERLOOK" woodcut. Once this block drawing is finished, we'll begin carving all four color blocks. Hoping to start proofing & printing this March (2015)! 

2/12/15

COLORING "OVERLOOK"

















Coloring in the blue block for the "OVERLOOK" woodcut print in progress. Each of our wood blocks is hand-drawn before being hand-carved in low relief for printing. This print is sure to be unlike anything we've ever made before! We have been working on it alongside many of our other projects for the past 2 years.

Hoping to be printing by March!