Apr 272014


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10 Random Facts About Xylography

1. Xylography is the art of making woodcuts or wood engravings, especially by a relatively primitive technique.the art of wood engraving.

2. It comes from the Greek word Xylo which means wood.

3. It was first practiced in China, then picked up in Europe centuries later.

4. A block of wood is used in somewhat the same manner as a rubber stamp, a xylographer cuts and/or carves wood away from those parts of the design that will not be inked.

5. This is a very tricky process, especially for those who has difficulty visualizing things backwards, or mentally switching positive for negative.

6. The process was extended to the making of religious pictures.

7. As engravers became more skillful, they started adding text.

8. The text on the engraving became more important than the illustration.

9. There is an Xylograpy Museam in Campos do Jordao, Brazil

10. If a color other than black is part of the final print, separate, coordinating blocks must be painstakingly carved for each color.

  5 Responses to “Blogging From A-Z: X Is For Xylography”

  1. Great word for X; I had never heard of it, so I did learn something new this evening! I don’t think I could do xyleoraphy; I think I suffer from those symptoms described in #5.

    Two more letters!


  2. I own three artworks that utilize this process, but I didn’t know it was called Xylography!

    xx Rachel
    Favorite Book Covers: XVI vs X Isle

  3. Hi Vicki,

    I had no idea that we were up to X already, I must dip back into your posts and check out some of the letters I have missed. It has been such an entertaining exercise and thanks for all the research you have painstakingly carried out.

    I have never heard of Xylography before and can’t even recall ever seeing it written down anywhere, so it was a good and unusual choice to both educate and flummox us with.

    Have a great week,


  4. Xylo means wood. I didn’t even know know that, in spite of xylophones! I learned several interesting things today, Vicki–thanks!

  5. Very interesting. I’d never heard of xylography.

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