This letterform was produced in a very different way to the other pieces previously produced. Instead of using polymer lino, the main material used here was MDF wood. The idea was to try and recreate wood typography, mainly to see how difficult wood would be too cut and also to see what kind of effect it gives when printed compared to lino. First of all the wood block was created by using a similar method of covering the back of paper with graphite and transferring it onto the wood. The way in which the letterform was originally crated was by hand. After stumbling on a scrap piece of paper in my folder, one could see the markings from another fellow student who had been practicing calligraphy. The letter ‘b’ seemed to stand out in and amongst all the other letters on the page.
One of the things that would be worth exploring would be to look at escaping from what all ready exists, i.e. digital letterforms. As this letter ‘b’ was completely hand drawn and original, one decided to scan in this incredibly small letterform and turn into a vector via ‘live trace’ on Illustrator. Once the vector was made, it was then possible to scale up this piece to the correct size of MDF wood. The wood took about 4-5hours to completely cut, which was also quite hard wearing on the hands. The next step was to try and get a print out of this wood block. It would of been impossible to use the ‘Versa Craft’ ink that was previously used in the other experiments as the wood seemed to suck the ink into it’s surface. The plan was to use oil based ink and an Albion Press to print this type face, which if you look to the left, you will be able to see the process undertaken. It was important to document that wood defiantly gives much more of an impression to the paper compared to lino.