Starting in the late Spring, I started work on a number of new pieces.
Here's my most ambitious one: Salsota de la Goldota, approx. 12x16", Linocut. It is a composite print of the same block printed consecutively while the paper was still in the press. The process by which the original plate was made is detailed in this blog entry.
The ink setup for the print above. You have to work fast before the paper dries completely, so every color needs to be ready in advance.
print in progress...
FROM DIGITAL TO PRINT: I had a lot of fun experimenting with some of the digital patterns I've been making and storing in my ipad for more than a year. I transferred them to the collagraph medium, which is very low-tech: cut, paste, shellack, that's how you get the plates done. More details here. I like collagraph because it lends itself very well to experimentation with inking and layering. This time it didn't disappoint.
Pattern II, 12x10", collagraph. And after different color scheme trials, I settled on this one. I like the "distressed" look that the collagraph process did to this one. I wonder what the ancient Islamic masters who created the original designs that inspired this one would think. Would they like this version or would they feel it lacks perfection? I think that is what I like.
Here's another one. This one came out very tiny, just 3x4", so I experimented by doing another composite like the Salsota print above trying different inking schemes. I want to try this one again, but using more colors.