Steamroller Prints

We made a couple of woodblocks to do Texas sized steam roller prints for Chalk the Block.


are from San Antonio



We took a relief print 
doctored it up in Photoshop,
and made a vector image of it online


Milling


Steve CNCed the vector file
on plywood


Then we tried an alternative method, using the laser cutter at Xerocraft:

We laser cut the vector image
into 3 pieces of  1/4 inch  Baltic Birch plywood


The 3 laser cut pieces together,
laying on 1/2 inch Baltic Birch plywood board


Lifting the negative space from the laser cut


We used the best wood glue


After gluing, we clamped the wood pieces
using a pneumatic gun with 5/8th brad nails



For more complex sections,
we put both the positive and negative form
on a sticky back tape;
then we weeded out the negative pieces


Gluing the back of the wood


We shot brad nails 
right through the sticky paper;
the paper pulled off really easily


Finished glued piece


Then we shellacked the piece,
3 coats on front and back,
with a 50% shellac/ 50% denatured alcohol mixture
(still needs a final front coat of pure shellac)

A big thanks to David Lesser of Xerocraft, for helping us laser cut and prepare the relief woodblock!



On Oct 7th, we had the same image CNCed at FabLab El Paso:







This version is slightly different --
the two figures will be surrounded by
black in the print

Later we shellacked this piece --
3 coats, half 'n half, shellac/denatured alcohol, 
on both front and back sides,
then a full straight coat of shellac 
on the front side

2 x 4 foot big print
from the 2nd version woodblook --


Marcus' CNCed woodcut 
in the upper right corner of  the FabLab El Paso exhibit
at the Rubin  Center on the UTEP campus
in El Paso
(Feb 2017)



SIDE PROJECT

Marcus Robiason originally did the below drawing for the steam roller print, but the proportions were not 2 x 4, so we went with a different image.  However, Las Cruces is not far from El Paso, so we are commissioning Reviver Printing to silkscreen an edition of 25 prints of this devil image. 







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