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!



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!)



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



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!)



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



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.


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...



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!



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!



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!



2 triangular forest-patterned blocks print together to make the new "LEFT RIGHT" woodcut. That little cardboard shim (top pic) marks out the space between the blocks. 

Pulling paper up from the 2 inked woodblocks to make a finished print. This is how we print all of our prints, no digital technologies, everything done traditionally & totally by hand

On intro special in our shop for one more week! 



Excited to be wrapping up the last of the drawing on the 2nd blue block this week & moving on to exclusively carving until this big, big intricate woodcut print (the "OVERLOOK") is finished! Hoping to be able to begin proofing again, with all the blocks this time, by next week...here goes!

The detail above is of the earlybird proof, crinkled, drawn on, pasted to, revised and generally abused in the tug to get this print completed. Color will change from what you see on this proof, this is such an early tester with only 4 of the 5 blocks for the print rolled up in standard ink colors just to see how they align and mix together.  A more refined color mixing will happen when we have all of the blocks completed & ready to proof together. Such a very small little fragment of the bottom left corner of the print! 

It's BIG!


Printed up the edition of "LEFT RIGHT" in classic black on Natural Kitakata paper this past week, prints are now dry & ready to ship out! See better photos of the finished print, available at a special rate in a limited edition run, HERE>>>