irosashi 色さし
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Also pronounced irozashi or written 色指し.

1 Also irogaki 色書き or irowake 色分け. Lit. color indication. The marks a woodblock print *ukiyo-e 浮世絵 artist uses to indicate the colors to be printed. The block-carver, after carving the key block which will print the black outlines from the artist's design, makes a number of proof impressions *kyougouzuri 校合摺 that are sent back to the artist. On these the artist indicates, usually in red ink, the areas which should be printed and in which color. These proofs are returned to the engraver and used to carve a set of color blocks for the final color print *nishiki-e 錦絵.

2 The touching-up with a brush of certain areas of color on a woodblock print, perhaps to hide a mistake in the printing, or to improve the appearance of a print in poor condition.


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