Studio blog of Annie Bissett, an artist working with traditional Japanese woodblock printing (moku hanga)
13 August 2006
Trial and Error
I know that I should never print when I'm tired, but I did it anyway. I drove to New Hampshire and back this weekend for a family reunion and I'm exhausted, but I wanted to finish printing this piece tonight because I have a lot of work in front of me in the coming week and I won't be able to work on woodblock again for many days. My mistake.
In the spirit of showing all of it, good and bad, here's what I ended up doing tonight: testing different combinations of color for the little "river of particles." Right now I don't like any of them, and as you can see in the upper right print, I even tried a whole different block. I don't like the way the rivers cover up the white circles -- I had wanted them to overprint and still show the white.
So now I need to put it all away, let it rest, and start fresh at the end of the week (or even next week) after I finish my illustration projects.