Move Over Beadwork - Linocut Hits Katong!

Move over beadwork - it's time for some other creative mediums to pop up in the enclave of Katong! I recently spent some time working with a fellow printmaker on linocuts. We had a great session with some new goodies from McClains Printmaking Supplies.  

Freshly pulled print and linoblock inking station. No finger prints please - we're professionals! (cough...)

Freshly pulled print and linoblock inking station. No finger prints please - we're professionals! (cough...)

Together we solved game-changing printmaking issues and tasks such as: 

1. How to register different shaped blocks after they have been cut. 

2. Using Caligo Safe Wash Relief Inks - and being impressed at how easily they clean up with extra virgin olive oil (might be easier on the budget to have some canola oil tucked away for such an occasion). 

No press here - just muscle and a roller. 

No press here - just muscle and a roller. 

3. Trying out Akua Liquid Pigments on Japanese woodblock. A bit ho-hum for the moment but I will try experimenting more. 

4. Trying out Akua Intaglio Inks. I think they may suit intaglio etching plates better than lino. 

We had a great morning - just love this gorgeous building! 

We had a great morning - just love this gorgeous building! 

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Peranakan Peony Series - Now Available

I've very happy to present my Peranakan Peony limited edition series of prints! These original hand-made Japanese Woodblock print are in a variable edition of 50 - each print has been hand-coloured and completely original. 

Inspired by Peranakan Chinese batik sarong patterns, these one-of-a-kind prints are a beautiful fusion of cultures! Peonies are often used in Peranakan culture as a symbol of longevity, loyalty, happiness and eternal beauty. 

Using 400-year old traditional methods, I took two days to carve this print. I cut and dampened each piece of Japanese washi paper ahead of time in order for moisture to penetrate the fibres. Each block was hand-coloured using water-based pigments and nori rice paste glue before being printed with a hand-held bamboo disk barren. The prints were then dried under weights for a day to ensure they are completely flat. 

All prints in this variable edition of 50 feature unique combinations of colour and gradation. As a hand-pulled print, each will have its own unique state and variations are part of its hand-crafted quality.

Peranakan Peony EV 1250

Image size: 9 x 14 cm (3.5 x 5.5 inch)
Paper size: 13 x 18 cm (5.1 x 7 inch)
Paper: Torinoko Washi paper 

Please contact me for sales inquiries. 

Japanese Woodblock printing is extremely tactile, technical and painstaking medium - and it's been my favourite since l learnt it as a university student in Kyoto from Akira Kurosaki. It originates from China with Japanese artists refining the technique in the form of 'ukiyoe' prints in the late 17th century famous for intricate detail, vivid colours and delicate painterly effects. Japanese woodblock relies on the magic created between washi paper, wood grain and watercolour pigments!

Peranakan, a term meaning ‘locally born’ in Malay, has come to refer to the descendants of traders who intermarried with local women in Southeast Asia as early as the 14th century. A distinctive culture incorporating Chinese, Malay, Indian and European influences has resulted in vibrant and hybrid style of cooking, clothing and architecture.