28 March 2006
Overprinting The Lettering
The lettering is printed! (Click image for larger view.) It took a few attempts before I got the color the way it looked in my head, but I'm pleased with this outcome. As I suspected, the wood grain underneath doesn't show very much. Oh well, eventually I'll learn when and where to use it.
Another thing I'm experimenting with is edition size. I feel like I need a run of at least 10 sheets to get the blocks warmed up well. Up until now I've been doing about 20 to 24 sheets of paper for each print, but this has caused me to focus a lot on "production," which I don't like. So I'm working with a small edition of 12 for this print, which is helping me relax and take my time.
My lack of pre-planning has created a new conundrum, though, which is that there's a design element I want to be white. White should be created by leaving the paper its natural color, but it's too late for that, so I need to find a white water-based pigment that's opaque enough to overprint as white. I'm going out to look at the art store. Maybe gouache will work, or even tempera paint. (The Saito prints I saw at Smith College appeared to include some tempera paint.)