|A large leaf on lino.|
|A lot of delicate cutting was required.|
My strategy was to cut a stencil out of acetate, covering the veins while I printed layers of blues and greens for the leaf cells. After a background of light blue, I printed a layer of purplish blue, and used one of my test prints to create the stencil. I tried to leave as much of the acetate connected to strengthen the stencil.
|The stencil with the first green layer|
|Stencil support system.|
I taped the stencil to a foam core frame that just fit around the block. One challenge was to keep the stencil from pulling off the frame as I rolled on the ink. Some bundles of scrap foam core kept the stencil at the right height.
Rolling on the ink was a very delicate process. I had to be very careful to not stress the acetate. The inky acetate really wanted to cling to the brayer. Here is a quick snap of the leaf hanging from the drying rack. The photograph doesn’t show the true greens, but you can see that so far the stencil is doing its job.
I think each printing takes about 50% longer to complete with this process. The success of the print remains to be seen, but my hands are happy they didn’t have to carve two blocks.
We’ll turn over the completed leaf next post…