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Mystique Series #12 : printing steps 4 ~ 5

Posted by Dave Bull at 8:47 AM, March 31, 2011 [Permalink]

It's interesting that some of the viewers have been having trouble 'resolving' this image properly. Not so strange, given that the outlines are incomplete, but perhaps with these next two colours in place the objects will be more recognizable. First let's put on a 'double' gradation (one brush, flipped over in my hand to rub in two places):

Immediately followed with another one right on top of it:

The light-coloured 'speckles' are of course the first grey showing through holes cut in the second (slightly darker) one.

Afraid that's all I had time for today ... (too much time on Skype!)


Following comment posted by: Marc Kahn on March 31, 2011 10:53 PM

Wow, the overlaid gradients, with speckles, accomplish so much with just 2 impressions!

But what the heck are those fish doing on a flowering cherry branch? The only thing that comes to mind is that this must be a tsunami aftermath.

Following comment posted by: Dave on March 31, 2011 11:37 PM

gradients accomplish so much

Don't they though! Maybe it's time to let people know what the 'technique point' will be for this print ... This time, we're going to introduce kimedashi, about which you can learn more here.

(And it's a plum branch, by the way!)

Following comment posted by: Margaret on April 1, 2011 2:26 AM

Well, they definitely look fishier today. Perhaps this is all an elaborate pun on fish in plum sauce? Hmmm...

Following comment posted by: Dave on April 1, 2011 8:44 AM

Quick update: There may not be another progress update tomorrow. Just before going to bed I got an email from Tetsui-san, the young printer signed on to do the Mokuhankan Senshafuda project. He's finished his previous work, and is now ready to begin. Our blocks are not ready yet of course, but he and I have to prepare the printing paper (sizing, etc.). He's never done that part of the job before, so we (previously) arranged that he would come over here for a day and we would do it together (practice for a while first, then do the main run). I'll call him early in the morning, and it might turn out that he'll come right over to get started. If so, then my own work will go in the fridge/freezer for a day ...

So if you don't see the next couple of colours appearing here on 'schedule', check the Mokuhankan Conversations blog for updates on that project!

(Anybody know where I can buy one of Calvin's Duplicators?)

[Update to the update: Tetsui-san can't make it today (Friday), so we teed up that he will come over at 10:00 Saturday morning. So I'll be getting at least two colours finished on this print today ...]

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