White Line Woodblock Print

aka The Provincetown Print

Red Sails with Tulips

Red Sails with Tulips

8.5" x 8.5"

One Red #3

One Red #3

8.5" x 8.5"

Bouquet

Bouquet

8" x 8"

With Pears

With Pears

10" x 10"

Sunflowers II

Sunflowers II

10" x 10"

Blue & Yellow

Blue & Yellow

10" x 10"

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

8" x 8"

White line woodblock printing is a print method which does not require a printing press or toxic inks. The prints are cut on a single woodblock. The colors, applied with a brush, are watercolors and a spoon is used to transfer the image onto the paper. This is a unique way to create original images of many colors.

The creation of the method has been created to B. J. O. Nordfelt, in Provincetown, during the winter of 1915 - 1916, though now there is significant evidence that Edith Lake Wilkinson was making the white-line woodblock prints as early as 1914.

Wanting to simplify the process of the traditional Japanese method of woodblock printing, which required a new block for each color, he came up with the method of using one block for the entire print, all of the colors on one block.