I carved a couple of blocks for my "Letting Go" print over the weekend and today I started printing. I've been wanting to discover ways to get more texture in my prints, so I've tried putting this layer of gray down first. I'm working a small batch, just 16 sheets of paper, and I did this first pass with no paste, lots of water, and the paper only barely damp. Obviously this will be a variable edition, with each print being unique. Here's a closer view:
And here's a print with some strong baren suji (marks left by the baren):
This is pretty strong gray and it's quite possible I'm just going to end up with a muddy mess, but I'll never know unless I try it.