24 August 2005
Reflection - Block 2 and Final
I scanned the print from yesterday's session, printed it out, and drew on it to develop this second block. I love that this whole print will use only two blocks; quite a relief after my 8-block tea print!
First I printed the top part of the block, the orange "clouds." I didn't ink the birds because I wanted the birds only on the green side of the paper. Then I turned the paper 180 degrees and printed the clouds and birds on that side.
After that I printed the fish. I must confess that I had to carve the fish twice. The first time it I designed it too small; couldn't physically cut the details into the plywood. There's a whole thing I need to learn about scale in this medium. Shina plywood chips easily and small details are difficult. I'd like to try cherry plywood for details as my friend Tom has suggested. I also may just end up working larger, which is kind of an exciting idea to me. Here's the final print: