it’s not that I haven’t been thinking about printing

I’ve been so busy that printing seems to belong to another realm that doesn’t include getting ready for the holidays or running around with kids.  But I’ve been thinking about it and often this is how I do my prints.  Weeks of thinking about them then into the garage to work on it. 

I’ve been thinking about multiple prints and using my stump woodblock to create a larger piece.  Then I got the information for this juried show and I started thinking about the same woodblock but using it to create a much smaller piece.

So I’m pressing some cedar stems that I clipped at the park and will make two collographs using these.  This will be the background, both large and small, for my pieces.

I’ll use transparent inks to layer the collograph, printing it twice on my paper.  Then I’ll print the woodblock on top. 

And we’ll see what happens.

I sound like I know what I’m doing but when it comes down to it printing is always a bit of a crap shoot.  Not exactly an exact science, especially when you are still new to mixing inks and adding transparent medium to said inks.  And especially when collographs are my nemesis.  But I love it.  Nothing can phase me or discourage me when it comes to printmaking.  It’s all good.  Maybe not good enough to hand on a wall, but still good.

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