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Arts of Japan series : print #1 - printing steps 10~11

Posted by Dave Bull at 2:25 AM, April 16, 2012 [Permalink]

As I predicted in the previous post, there was only time for two colour impressions today. Actually that's not completely true - there were two impressions, and there seem to be two 'colours', but I had only one bowl of pigment on the desk, and these two both came straight from it, with nothing else mixed in.

First, a tone for one of the kimono layers on the dancer:

And next, the area of the background that will become the cartouche (after the borders are printed):

There are two things to note about the two tones here: one is that the light one is achieved without the addition of a white pigment - Japanese traditional work lightens colour by gradually thinning the pigment so that the substrate (usually 'white' paper) shows more clearly, thus achieving the same effect. The second point is that both of these tones are overprinted on the base colour that was printed back in step one, but in the case of the deeper red, that is hardly noticeable. The lighter one though, lets the underprinting show through more clearly, resulting - in this case - in a more 'peach-like' final tone.

Ten impressions to go, I think ...


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