Well, enough of all that etching silliness. TIME to get back to woodblocks!
I like to use my woodblocks as a sort of home study course.
I've had trouble getting really dark and rich blacks and the subject of the next print is really just a pretext for this task.
My original sketch was of a domino with a six and a one but then, at the food store I saw this....and was crushed.
Drinking some of the bottle helped. It's not bad. So I went back to the sketchbook and tried again:
This is the preparatory drawing for the blocks, colored in with colored pencils.
Achieving this kind of color/liveliness/richness with water based, transparent pigments in a block print is the challenge. I'll need several blocks and have to print each multiple times to achieve anything near this interesting....we'll see...
I glued my hanshita's down and started carving. I finished the keyblock last week; blocks 2 and 3 tonight.
Should be able to get the next three carved tomorrow?