After a couple of days of headaches I made two important decisions. The first was to let everything sit an extra day (for mental health as well as drying reasons), and the second (after the wait) was to not do any more stripping and see what happened.
The next color was a straight-up green. Pthalo green mixed with yellow ochre. No transparent base, no white, no modifiers. Just ink. (From the stash of no-longer-manufactured Daniel Smith inks.)
|Snow scene reduction linocut, Step 12|
Yeah. Perfect roll out, perfect coverage, nice and thin, no problems. Have I mentioned how annoyed I am with Daniel Smith for discontinuing their ink?
Now a second green made by adding burnt sienna and more yellow ochre to the previous green.
|Snow scene reduction linocut, Step 13|
Okay, good! Some of the variations in the blues seen to be washing out a bit visually, but not much to be done about that. The subtleties are still important. (Plus digital camera struggles with blues.)
Next, adding more sienna to make a rich olive brown. On the paper it looks mostly brown, but okay.
Nearly there now. One more color to go, and a fine example of why it's called reduction printing. Take a look at the block:
|Final stage of reduction block|
Just a few more darkest darks and then, Whew! It's done. The darkest bits are so small here that in the photo you can't really tell they're there. But... trust me.
Finished in time for today's deadline. Of course you can guess what happened last night. That deadline? It was postponed another two weeks.
Guess I have time to get another one started! With no white ink. None. Nope. Uh uh. Not. One. Drop. At least I hope not!