Giddy with joy, a shipment from Dick Blick arrived carrying a new set of Akua Intaglio inks, a Berol Prismacolor set of 36 colored pencils, some Canson Johannot paper and, somewhat more randomly, cerulean blue watercolor ink (Holbein) and white gouache paint.
Because those are just staples, n’est-ce pas?
I’m participating in a 30 day challenge that my friend Ellen Olson Brown has been kind and ambitious enough to host. So this print is day one- a print a day. My gelatin plate is old and grungy- I’ve been using it all Summer and it even has bits of fern stuck in it from trying to add plant matter to a card for a friend the other day. The purple ink behaved in a surprising manner with the stencils, as if the water in the plate resisted the ink a bit. This did not happen with the scarlet red, which I attempted to damp down with some yellow ochre.
I’ll be making a new plate shortly but as I’m helping install a multi-media exhibit tomorrow (Mutherer by Denise Dumas), I won’t get to it until Friday. If I can squeeze it in on Thursday I could at least print on Friday with the new and larger and hopefully cleaner plate, we’ll see.