|Project by KnotCurser||posted 09-29-2011 11:25 PM||1758 views||4 times favorited||6 comments|
Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period and lived from 1760 to 1849. He was most famous for creating a set of wood blocks called the “36 Views of Mount Fuji” The work you see here is called “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” and is by far his most famous work.
I have always loved this painting for it’s movement and power – I hope I caught some of that in my scrollwork.
The pattern was by far the hardest part of this work. I had to figure out how to make it look like the painting, but keep it simple enough to work as a cutting.
This time I also wanted the wood to look older, so I used solid cherry and treated it with lacquer and wax BEFORE I applied the pattern and cut it out. Worked out pretty nicely as I didn’t have any finishing to do afterwards. :-)
Piece measures 7 1/2×9 inches and is 1/4 inch thick.
Backed with thick felt.
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