Friday, October 26, 2012

Tweak and roll

Time to tweak the color temperature a bit on this linocut. I mixed up this nice tan color... transparent on one end of the roller and a little more opaque on the other. (A function of that unfortunate can of transparent base going AWOL.)

Because all the inks have been so transparent, the color in application doesn't look tan at all, but it still keeps the palette a bit warm. I'm liking the feeling of light so far, but my intention is to make the foreground feel "shadowy." I'm not at all certain how to pull that off, but not knowing what I'm doing hasn't ever stopped me before.

Color pass four on the left, five on the right.
The good news is that I spoke with the manufacturer of the missing tint base this morning and they assure me that although my distributors are backordered, they have plenty to send me early next week. So there's still hope this will wrap up in time to make the framing deadline.

Here's the lovely thing about all this tooth-gnashing over ink modifiers, though: Several artists have chimed in with offers of help: tracking down alternate sources, suggesting alternate materials. I shouldn't have been surprised– most artists, especially printmakers, are a generous breed– but I was. Thanks for the reminder that we might be flung far and wide but we are a community. I needed that.


  1. I'm sorry about the trouble with the back-ordered tint base, but the magpie emerging from the shadows of that print is really lovely! (And I'd say that even if I wasn't bleary-eyed and wind-battered from driving all the loooong way across the Southern Great Plains from Arkansas. Oh, it's good to be back in the 'hood....)

  2. ah there is the bird :)that is good news you can still get the tint base, bit of a pain learning how to use a new supply when you have a dead line