"THE WOLF" Woodcut - Carved!

I haven't been very timely with my blog posting on the making of this new woodcut,"THE WOLF," but you can see the whole start-to-finish process unfolding on Flickr photoset here!

This block is 10" tall by 18" wide - paper size will be roughly 12" x 18". The block will be rolled with black ink and printed to a natural tone paper, much like "YOUNG PINES" and "BOWING FLOWER".

Pre-order is live, price bumps up a bit at the end of the week so now is the time for a deal: Pre-order here!




I've been working on the color for the new "JEWEL" woodcut this past week. Decided to go with 3 blocks total; 2 print color (pictured) and 1 prints the key detail (here). Registration is spot on! I am loving where the color is headed in these proofs, and making the "JEWEL" has really got the wheels turning about printing techniques I hope to try in future prints! Energizing!

I imagine this print will look pretty special in a little frame tucked into a little corner (there are so many thin spots to hang art between windows and doors in the Pittsburgh row house I live in), or glowing small & bright from within a larger wall arrangement of artworks. 

I think I may take some of the APs from printing and make a wheat pasted wallpaper. Hmm...

Anyway, pre-order will be rather quick on the "JEWEL"!  I'm planning to start producing the edition next week.  So pre-order soon & take advantage of the reduced intro rate! 

xo, Valerie


"JEWEL" Woodcut-in-Progress - NEW!

New project in the works! The "JEWEL" woodcut will be 7" x 6" on Natural Kitakata paper, printed from 2-3 blocks. This block (the key) will not be printed in graphic black--my aim is for the print to have an multi-color, jewel-like vibe.  Expect a few colorful split fountains (rainbow rolls)... A small print, but a rather large jewel!

I've posted the pre-order for "JEWEL" in the T.B.P.S. online shop, and as with all pre-orders at Tugboat, the price will go up when production wraps up! (I won't be dragging my feet, but it might take a couple weeks to get from here to finished edition.) Feel free to watch along; I'll post around as progress is made on this and some others!

XO, Valerie



Hello there! Been a while since my last post, life has been busy and full of change! I've decide to resume posting here & look forward to sharing what's been happening at the shop.

To catch up on shop goings-on over the past few months I've been away, I have been posting pretty regularly to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Flickr! Some new prints there to see that I'll catch up with sharing eventually...and more to come! Give a follow on any of those platforms & stay up to date with Tugboat's day-to-day.

The "BOWING FLOWER" (above) is brand new to the T.B.P.S. shop in the past week or two; a quick release and a faster style of making that I'm eager to embrace!

The finished print is 10" x 9", inked in classic black and printed from the woodblock to natural Kitakata paper. A summer blossom arches into a deep bow; a graceful flow of curving lines. "BOWING FLOWER" is an original woodblock print by Valerie Lueth, 2017. 

Limited edition is 200--copies are going fast! More information and purchase details on Etsy and in Tugboat's Shop!



Spending some nice fall days puzzling together a new space for Tugboat, hauling things from all of the rooms in our home that it used to occupy. Finally feeling closer...should be able to start working on some new drawings & carvings out here shortly! 
Woo-hoo! Looking forward!



The new "YOUNG PINES" woodcut is complete and looks really special. The intricate details in the block carving printed so crisp & clean! So very pleased!

"YOUNG PINES" is a 13.5" x 12" woodcut print, by Valerie Lueth, edition of 100. Printed from a single woodblock in classic black ink on Kitakata paper. 

2 trees interlace, branches & roots growing together. 

A peaceful co-existence.



Drawn & carved from a single woodblock, each tree with distinct charms! New today in our shop, the "YOUNG PINES" woodcut is printed in classic black ink to natural tone Kitakata paper. An edition of 100 prints. Pre-order now available HERE!



I (Valerie) finished this block a while back, and had been waiting for our big press move to print & release it... (we built a studio over the summer in our backyard, and are gearing up for a big production switch)...but I couldn't wait any longer, the need to make was too great, so I'm sharing pics of the block today & the print will be released in this Friday's newsletter!

"YOUNG PINES" is a one color woodcut print to be published on natural kitakata paper. Two young trees with boughs tenderly intertwined.

If you'd like to get the news to see the final print & have the first chance to pre-order, sign up on our website (entry field is at the bottom of page): www.tugboatprintshop.com



14" x 11" Woodcut Print on Natural Kitakata Paper
Valerie Lueth + Paul Roden, 2016. 
2nd Edition of 100.

The flower of romance & love, the color of passion & heartJust back up in our online shop!

"RUBY RED ROSE" is printed from 2 hand-drawn, hand-carved woodblocks by the artists onto 14" x 11" Natural Kitakata paper. 



Producing the "ACORN" woodcut began this week! Earth tones rainbow across the first block to print (top pic), brown to gold to green. The key block adds most of the "ACORN" detailing. Ornamental markings suggest vibrating energy at work. A mighty oak shoots straight out the acorn's cap! 

"ACORN" is 13" x 10" on Natural Kitakata (off-white) paper.  100 prints, going fast! Get your copy HERE!


"ACORN" Woodcut

Many new developments happening here at fort Tugboat... 

Here's one to start: the "ACORN" woodcut!

The beginnings of a mighty oak sprout from an acorn cap. Brown gives way to gold, unfurling then in bright sap green.  Geometric patterns pulse with the energy of growth! The tree shoots up, spreading leaves to sunbeams.

Two woodblocks, both printed in split fountains, make the print. "ACORN" is 13" x 10" on Natural Kitakata, 100 prints total. Get your copy HERE!



Since our first unveiling of the drawing on the key block & the introduction of pre-order in late August of 2014, we have worked steadily on the "OVERLOOK" print, designing, drawing, and carving each of the five 44" x 28" blocks.

After weeks of proofing & refining and remixing & reproofing & re-refining again and again, color proofing is finished! The print has changed a lot and in really great ways! 

We now introduce the "OVERLOOK" Woodcut Print in color! Printed from 5 blocks on 46" x 30" Okawara paper. Limited Edition. On pre-order currently, set to rise after the publication of the edition in January. (See the full print on our site!)

"OVERLOOK" is an expansive landscape lush with vibrant color and vivid patternwork. Intricate in every way, fabulously attentive to detail. The print shows a outdoor landscape that plays with scale as it rises from top to bottom from a dense forest woodland to fields and up into foothills, mountains, and finally a voluptuously clouded sky topped with a glowing blue gradient.

The "OVERLOOK" looks amazing as a single vertical piece but can also be matched up to the edges of itself to create a long, scroll-like vista of infinite size!

Available for purchase on our site HERE.

Or follow the whole making process as it continues to evolve in the printing of the edition HERE.