This week started with some much needed studio clean up, research, and preparing new, large(r) plates.
|...and this is just the pile of books consulted in this spot; |
there's another stack on the desk, and another in the studio...)
I started researching, thinking I'd come across something that would help me figure out what was wrong. (Not yet, though not for lack of trying). The more I look, the more I think maybe what I need is not in a book (hmmmmmm).
Luckily, there are many things to do while I mull it over. First I sorted through a big pile of paper, separating scrap paper into marbled, patterned, and plain, and prints into proofs and finished prints that just haven't found the right collage home yet. Then I continued working on the tiny tarot with the Hanged Man and the Magician (notice all the lovely art supplies on his table ;) ).
Then I prepared new, slightly larger plates and started working on them as soon as the ground was ready.
|The ground came out nice and even,|
but I had some issues with the stop out
not preventing stray marks from etching
(It's always worked well before, so I think I may have
been so eager that I didn't give it long enough to dry?)
|started drawing this 7 x 5" floral plate based on Gerard's herbal|
|Etched this lovely 8 x 12" Gothic capital - my largest plate so far! Looking forward to printing it in a few weeks :).|
In para-art news, it's especially fall-beautiful: