French Vanilla coming right up.
Working on multiple print editions at once has its benefits, but right now I’m just seeing the costs. Mix, pull, rinse, repeat. Though there are lots of pretty colors to look at and good jazz to listen to, so I really shouldn’t complain. Jazz is a great soundtrack for printing. Always has been for me. Right now I have Art Blakey and Stan Getz duking it out for time on the hi-fi. And Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue is always great for an early morning session.
But, ahem, back to the matter at hand. When screenprinting with multiple colors, there’s no immediate reward. The artwork you labored over just looks like a jumbled bunch of color fields. That is until the final color is pulled. It’s only at that moment when everything comes into focus and all the pieces fit. It is a pretty glorious moment. And it really does make it all worthwhile. It just takes so long to get there sometimes.
These colors might look familiar. New prints are in the works that make use of inks that pop, shimmer and enjoy just kind of hanging back. Could these be in the mix? We’ll see.
I finished up another edition over the weekend. This time I wanted to try printing white ink on a colored sheet. The ink went down smoothly and crisply to my delight.
I’ve updated my documentation style by photographing the prints in a frame to offer a bit of context and a better sense of scale.
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The new print is complete! The magenta turned out really nice. It just pops off the sheet with vibrancy. I think I’ll put this design to bed now, though I may do a very different third version before I do. Odd numbers do seem to work best. We’ll see.
The weather is beautiful out there. Not too sunny, not too rainy. It’s time to get out in the wksp and start printing. Look for some new additions of some new editions to the prints gallery in the coming days.