I start with the drawing I design with contours and colours.
I am lucky to have crossed the path of a gold carpenter who prepares beautiful cherry wood blocks for me. I asked him to keep the bark, just for fun.
Once the drawing is transferred to the wood, I start engraving with the best tools available. They come from Japan and are handcrafted according to a tradition that has remained intact for several centuries. A very beautiful wood and excellent tools are not enough to make a successful engraving. Practice is the key because the wood is hard and dense, and the gesture must be both safe and flexible. So it takes time... First of all, I engrave a plate with the complete drawing, it's the matrix. I print as many copies as the drawing has colors. Then I select a color and engrave only the area concerned on a new block. If a drawing includes 4 colors, I must engrave 5 blocks.
I then prepare inks based on natural pigments, preferably non-mineral, for their transparency. I also prepare Japanese paper, which is never used dry. Then I print each sheet by applying the ink corresponding to the plate. I'll do it again for each of the colors.
(For the moment I will reveal a few of them, the rest will come soon)