Monday, November 2, 2009

The ink thickens...

...but the new baren soldiers on just fine. This might not be only a passing flirtation.

I'm struggling a bit with my little camera at the moment (Too much sand in Zion?), so sorry about the fuzzy, shadowy image, but in the last few days I added two more color passes (#8 and #9) to the little leaf linocut. Crazy, probably, to go from red (for some tiny little pine needles in the final piece) to gray again, but I'm really trying to put this baren through its paces AND mess around with an a-typical (for me) color progression.

I thought there would be just one more color pass, but there might be two. So far I haven't done any masking, but I might want a few little areas of medium gray-brown before I go to the dark. I have a day or two to decide while the ink dries a bit, so we'll see. It's definitely an all-over-the-map sort of color scheme, but I'm still optimistic that it will pull together in the end. Could be that I've just had too much leftover Halloween candy, but that's my story and I'm sticking with it.


  1. you can never have to much leftover Halloween candy ;p

    the leaves look like they are under water right now, its a neat effect :)

  2. What kind of ink are you using? I am still struggling with printing the colors "in order". Can I get a vibrant medium blue if I print over a dark violet? I use DS relief inks and charbonnel etching inks. Thank you for sharing your process. You and your blog have inspired me to begin a blog too:

  3. Wendy, I'm using the DS relief inks, also, and it's always a bit of a mystery with what will and won't "cover" with colors. I'd guess that if your blue had enough white in it it might be okay... But honestly, everything I've done on the current print has been a surprise once it got on paper...

    Your blog looks great... Some time soon I'm going to redo my links and I'll get you in there, too!