Tuesday, March 4, 2014
|Under pressure, again.|
The next task will be to piece the three separate prints together. This afternoon, I actually got a dozen prints assembled and they're sitting on the press bed weighed down with my antique irons.
Even though I still have a lot to do before I can truly call this edition complete (finish piecing together the remaining prints, adding machine stitching, water-coloring areas, folding, and trimming), it feels good to have all of the printing done. For now, I'll just let the rest of the edition hang on the line and dry.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
|original ink left - new ink right|
Susan put me in touch with Bud who sent me some ink to try out and it was a match to the original!
I'm very thankful that I won't have to redo the plates that I had already printed for my edition. All I have to do is get back to work and finish the edition now that the ink issue is solved and the new baby is here; healthy and happy.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Even though I had intended to get started tomorrow morning, I couldn't resist pulling a proof this evening to make sure everything was to my liking. Boy was I in for a disappointment.
|Origninal Paynes Gray on left, new one on right.|
I had started my edition using a small container of Paynes Gray that I had purchased from Rostow & Jung, before Akua was sold to Speedball. The color was perfect right out of the jar and I had assumed that when I reordered the same Paynes Gray from Speedball, it would match the original. Not so!
From the beginning, I have always been a big advocate of Akua ink; a great product that always gave me consistent results. This was the first time I had used Akua purchased from Speedball and to be perfectly honest, it didn't seem the same as the original.
|Difference between the two grays.|
The best thing I can do at the moment is step away for the night and see what I can do in the morning to try and resolve the issue.
After today's experimentation's, I came to the conclusion that I need to redo the plate for the right hand section of the image. If I leave it as is, the connection to the center print falls too close to the fold and with the stitching, it's difficult to crease. On the positive side, I can use the left and center sections I've already printed so there won't be too much lost in the redo. I'll get the new plate done tonight so I'm ready to go in the morning.
More snow is predicted for tonight and my back deck (on the north side of the house) has become a gauge for Old Man Winter's offerings.
However, a very bright spot in this season of snow storms is the arrival of Scarlett. Finding a new photo in my mail always brightens my day and reminds me that Spring is just around the corner.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Granddaughter Scarlett Ruth arrived and was the perfect "gift" for the week of love. Headed up north for a few days to provide support and look after her big brother while mom was busy. The perfect ending to a very productive week.
"A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities."
Eda J Le Shan
Saturday, February 8, 2014
This morning I played around with adding machine stitching to the image using a heavy decorative thread. I added a straight stitch and a zig zag to the print and both worked as I had hoped.
Next, I carefully folded the print every six inches. I used an old dental tool to lightly score the surface to make sure I got the best crease possible. Once I had the two folds done, I trimmed the top and bottom edges of the print and was happy to see everything lined up correctly and I did indeed end up with a 6"x 6" sqaure.
I had also decided to cut out 3 sections along the top edge of the image. I liked the way it broke up the long horizontal line.
|Folded and trimmed with some experimental stitching added.|
Now my dilemma. I had originally planned to add a watercolor wash to a few areas of the fabric.
|Proof with watercolor wash.|
Once I had, I wasn't sure that was the way to go. I tried adding watercolor to a second print accenting only the ribbons. At this point, I'm just not sure which way to proceed so I think it's time to step away from the image for awhile and hopefully, when I come back to it, I'll be able to resolve the issue.