|Carving with my trusty Foredom drill makes short work of a small block.|
|A juicy blend roll of magenta to raspberry is the first ink layer.|
How to solve the monochromatic problem of the succulent? I immediately thought of bromeliads with their dramatic pinks and greens. That would work! For some movement, I created a blend roll of magenta to raspberry and printed the block onto thin Masa paper. Spoons will be our method of printing, and this paper will work better than my usual Rives BFK. I made a mini-version of my pins and tabs jig and printed 60!
|Sixty first layers printed and waiting for parents and kids to finish the linocut at WonderLab.|
|More lino carved away. Will the image work?|
|No happy colors here. I will have to wait for inspiration (or the event) to spur me into action.|
I calmly scooped up the ink piles to save for another time and cleaned the glass, knives and brayers. Like a petulant child who has had a tantrum and her exhausted parent, this print and I needed some time apart. I think the block needs to altered somewhat, and clearly a different color is needed. The image is no longer a bromeliad. Thankfully the plant world is filled with spirals.
Check back next week when I reveal what I ended up creating, plus pictures of the WonderLab event.