Obviously the next step is to add ochre, lavender, and green where the dark blue water will go. Don't you think?
|Steps 7 and 8|
This had to be done in two stages because I don't have a single roller wide enough to manage the 12" height of the square background all in one pass.
|Step 8 and 9|
For some reason these two steps made me really happy to be a printmaker. Some moments are just like that. Roll out the ink, rub the print, lift the paper– instant cheer. When it works, anyway.
So now what? As I mentioned, I'm aiming for a suggestion of dark waves behind the birds. These three colors will only show in very small areas, but I wanted to be sure the overall background wasn't just a flat, boring blue. After another carving session I inked up the block with a lavender-to-blue blend and crossed my fingers.
|Steps 9 and 10. A bit embiggenable if you care to click the image.|
Well, whaddaya know? This might work. I have a chunk of carving to do and then another, darker blue in the background. Depending on how that goes it's possible there will be just one more pass for the finish: wingtips, faces, and a border.