Saturday, April 24, 2010

Finishing Up Color Two

Finished up color two today.  Here I am applying talc to the cloud area of the block before printing.  Thanx to Patti Phare-Camp, it really went faster and was easier to control than blotting it on with a paper dauber.


It's always exciting when I lift the block and see what I've got.  ;-]


Here they are all on the rack.  I love my rack.  8-] 


Color two (burnt sienna) doesn't vary as much as color one (a yellowy-orange meant to be yellow ochre), but they all work.  So far (knock on wood!) I've only messed up a couple of prints.  Both happened when the block slipped as I was peeling it off the print.  I'll try a cuttle bone on the spots when they dry.

Next step:  carve for color three.  There won't be much of the block left.  I'll have to switch to a smaller brayer to spot ink or I'll be talcing 'til the cows come home.

7 comments:

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Looking nice, I like the colors. Confused by pulling block off the print? I thought you were printing Moku Hanga where the paper would be on top to be pulled. Are you running these through a press? did I miss something?

Debra James Percival said...

Beautiful prints Ellen!
Yes, It is a wonderful feeling looking at a pile of prints on a drying rack.

Amie Roman said...

What a great idea to use talc to keep those areas pristine that might have picked up a little ink from the brayer. So much simpler than wiping!! I shall have to try that next time :)

Ellen Shipley said...

Yes I'm using a press. I learned to place the block on the paper. It's actually rather easy to align the block that way. After two passes of 50, I'm getting pretty confident about it. ;- j

Ellen Shipley said...

Amie, I normally wipe or blot, but when it's sever like this one, I go the extra step to talc. It really does the trick.

Phare-Camp said...

ok, another suggestion; make an inking stencil. print onto a sheet of cardstock or a blank transparency. using an exacto cut out just the areas where your next color of ink will go. when you ink the plate use this inking stencil as a barrier to keep ink off of the other areas of the plate.

its looking awesome btw...

Phare-Camp said...

ps: i can't begin to imagine how tough it must be to keep on registration placing the block on the paper! wow!