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Black Swans original woodcut print

'Black Swan with Cygnets'

A growing family of black swans live on a lake just a few minutes from my studio. When I need a break from work I take a walk to see them and it's a joy each spring to see any new babies. Unlike the more common white swans, black swan cygnets start out snow white and gradually get darker as they reach adulthood.

This delicate hand burnished woodcut print is on fine Japanese Tosa Shi paper in duck egg blue and nearly black oil based ink. Rather than being passed through a press, the image has been printed by careful hand burnishing from the back of the paper with a bamboo baren. The process was repeated with two plates. This is labour intensive but allows the printmaker to vary the pressure and so achieve stronger and softer effects where wanted. It also means that each print made is unique.

Tosa Shi paper has two different sides. For this print the smooth surface was used to achieve a crisp and detailed image.

The title and artist's signature are written in pencil under the image.
The copyright watermark is of course not on the actual print.

Open edition print.

Image size 36 x 26 cm (approx 14 x 10.25")
Paper size 43 x 30 cm

Your print will be sent to you carefully rolled in tissue paper and protected in a sturdy postal tube.

FREE UK delivery

If you like what you see here please have a look at the other prints I have available at http://www.janedukeartist.etsy.com

Image © Jane Duke 2010

Black Swans original woodcut print blue and black handpulled print


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: oil based ink, Japanese Tosa Shi paper
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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