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Up very early this morning to get to art work before the job workday. Mixing ink here for the first printing. Note my fancy palette knife, which is really a pink plastic bunny from a set of kid’s cutlery. My grandson was never a fan of the pink bunny, preferring the blue sharks (seen on the left as a back-up) and brown monkeys.
Using Speedball oil based inks this time. clean up with vegetable oil was fairly painless and just a little messy.
Here are the first two colors complete. So far, so good.
After a long week of absolutely no inspiration, I woke up today with a plan for my next print project, which I have to present, complete, in 4 days. Pressure’s on.
I have found that doing my sketch work on the iPad with the Sketchbook Pro or ArtRage app is the best way for me to see the way a reduction print will work. After years of additive process art, I find myself making mental mistakes when designing for a reductive process. This way, I start with my darkest color as a background and work in layers up to the lightest, then when carving, I simply work that process backwards. Flip/flop, flip/flop.
I’m going to print this on both paper and fabric, which means 2 set of inks and 2 complete printings for each color. I plan on tiling the design on the fabric to use a a border print. Ambitious, yes, but I think I can manage with the weekend coming up.