Today was all about preparation. I bought 10 sheets of Zyrkal printing paper and cut them in half. Then cut five more MDF backing boards with a router, nearly messing up all of them in the process (always check TWICE… ). Stuck lino to each. I’m ready for at least three more designs, if not six. Stuck registration tabs on each sheet, using the new Ternes Burton registration pins I got from Handprinted in Bognor Regis, who delivered in under 24 hours. I’ve never used them before, but they look like they should work. Keeping everything registered is crucial. Now just need to get drawing.
One more colour layer to go, which will be a darker blue. Possibly shadows afters that, but dependent on how the blue works out. I’m not completely convinced by this brown layer. Some of the foreground/background contrast is lost. No way of going back to change anything
The eighth stage of this lengthy process. A light blue layer for the sky and some of the water. I’ve carved lines out of the background for reeds. These show as the previous yellow layer and will have a darker sienna added to them next.
The first background layer, printed from the second block. This is a long, multi stage process, which is part of what I like about it. You gradually see the image emerging, and can makes changes at each stage.
This color is meant to form the basis of a reed bed behind the duck. Just a few areas of white cut out for highlights and cloudy effects.
My main concern was how well the second block would register with the first. In particular, it is slightly loose in the frame so I need to push it into the same position each time.
I’m pleased with the result, but every time I add to an image, I think it looked better without the addition. I think the duck sat better in the overall sheet than it does in this more restricted rectangle. Now to leave it to dry and to think.
I’ve added the final black layer, which defines the whole shape of the bird. I’m pleased with the result so far. Will have to work on the background block next, which is a bit intimidating.
Not much of the block left now, after all of the reduction. There will be no more than eight prints in this series.
First layer printed on the left. This should eventually just show the shaded, white parts of the bird, plus the pure white areas. In the middle, I have started to carve out the negative area of the bird, and the background will eventually go around this. On the right, I have started to reduce the bird block. The grey, shaded areas of the bird are cut away, so that they will not be overlain by the next colour layer, which will probably be yellow, which doesn’t seem that logical at this stage. But all must dry first.