Still not satisfied with the darkest bits of the flower, I did some more carving and then applied a transparent olive green over the entire block. Really. Olive green.
The result is subtle, but necessary.
|Steps 9 and 10 side-by-side. Subtle.|
NOW I can walk away from the bloom. But of course that background has gotten extremely problematic. I originally thought it would be interesting to add more hatch marks at each step and build up a subtle texture... but it's flattening out the image rather than adding depth.
There are several options (aside from abandoning the image altogether):
1) Cut a second block that carries only the solid background and overprint. Potential registration headaches there.
2) Decide I can live with it and make more marks. Eh. Maybe. Could just make things worse.
3) Print an opaque color in the background that doesn't contrast with the hatch marks so they will become less noticeable. Okay, but I hate to lose the luminosity that's going on now. And what color would I print? Not that ocher-y thing... the flower would get lost.
.......... aaaaaaaand the thing I think I will try:
4) Filler. Yep. I think I'm going to try mushing some wood filler into the existing marks on the block and see what happens. I've used filler before, and ink doesn't adhere to it in the same way it adheres to the unadulterated linoleum, but I think I'd be happy with toning down the hatch marks instead of completely covering them. If it works, I might be able to get by with just one more color pass. If not... well... cross that flower-covered bridge when I come to it, I guess.
|Paintbrush linocut: Step 10|