Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Okay, back to work. Sorta.
Well, I had intended to pull the first color (I think there will only be two) on this little linocut tomorrow morning, but I have just discovered that I do not have enough of the paper I need. (The stack I had set aside was only the right paper for the first 5 sheets... something else underneath it. Dang it.)
So. Only posting the plate this time, carved and waiting for the first color to print. A small image, 6x6 inches. I'm aiming for a couple of pieces for a national small print exhibition which juries at the beginning of April. Not off to a good start if I don't have the right paper!
On the topic of which: It's not like I don't have paper. Much to the contrary. I have oodles of paper. Drawing paper. Watercolor paper. Glassine. Tracing. Newsprint. I even have printmaking paper, and some stuff I can no longer identify, which is too bad because I like it for drawings.
But what I DON'T have are enough sheets of beautiful Hosho... a bright white Japanese kozo paper. I love this stuff for hand-pulling, and I know several people who also use it with great success on a press. If you're shopping for it, I recommend the "professional" grade over the "student." I'm actually wishing right now that I could give a try to this beautiful hand made version, but it's not in the budget for this particular project. When I've got the right image in mind, though.... ooooooooooooooh!