Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Linocut in Progress: Greens from blue

The shocking chartreuse color printed in the last installment of "Sherrie Tries Strange Things in Reduction Linocut" taunted me for a couple of days. When I finally got back to work I made the most logical step to address that yellow.

I used transparent lavender, of course.


I apologize for the cruddy photo. Ambient light has been questionable the last few days and I keep forgetting until the last minute to take a shot of the current stage. Too many other things on my mind right now.

The photo is sort of streaky, but the overall effect of layering Leftover-Flower-Color across Overpowering-Yellow-Color gave me the Toned-Down-Green-Color I wanted. (Don't you just LOVE how technical these descriptions are? I should write a how-to book.)

I was so pleased with the result that I carved some more and used the exact same ink again. Why mess with success?


Well, maybe it wasn't the exact same ink. I might have added a touch of blue to it. It looked like this:


And then a little more carving... and the same ink again. And now some shapes are starting to resolve:


The flowers still look a bit chunky, but I'll start addressing that soon. I am undecided about whether the next pass will be more of the lavender color or something with more yellow in it. There are a few stems that would benefit from "warming up" with yellow... but I also have some shadowy bits that would not benefit from yellow. Thinking cap required to address the conundrum.

7 comments:

  1. you should write a book! :D I would buy it and I am sure other people would too :)

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  2. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Jen! It would certainly be a unique sort of book, wouldn't it? ;-)

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    1. I think its a great idea, could be really helpful to a lot of printmaking type people :D

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    2. I keep seeing the title, "Do as I Say, NOT as I Do!" ;-)

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  3. Yes, a book! Do you teach workshops?

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    1. I do, Carrol, although not terribly often just now. I'll likely be doing a short intro to relief prints workshop in the Boston area this summer... where are you?

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