White Line Woodblock Print

aka The Provincetown Print

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.

Suzanne M. Packer

Horse Way Studio​


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