Tugboat Printshop: Woodblock Cuts and Prints

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Tugboat Printshop: Woodblock Cuts and Prints

Tugboat Printshop is the home woodblock print studio of artists Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth. They create their prints completely by hand—art, woodblock carving, printing and all. In doing so, they hope to preserve and expand the art of woodcutting and woodblock prints. They try to keep pieces affordable but of high-quality, using only top-shelf materials.

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It's amazing to me how much work goes into each print and how every little detail must be precise, or the final image will flop. I'm thankful that they share their process, because, not only does it show the labor involved, but, to me, each process piece is artwork in itself, and I love seeing the prints unfold from the blocks.

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A number of prints include handcrafted type, which is fun to see, and all of the prints have bold lines and rich color characteristic of the genre.

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They show their prints and processes at their blog. Prints are available for purchase at the Tugboat etsy store. Tugboat also shared a how-to lesson over at Martha Stewart's blog.

Some other posts you might enjoy on our design blog:

Illustrations and Prints from Alice Hartley
Browse the Communication Arts Typography Annual on the Web
Colorful Illustrations by Matt Taylor

Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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