When things feel unsure always go back to familiar things, in this case the approach, to get you going. Such was the case with the print above. I felt so “tight” that I had to let go and make marks on the plate and pull an image out from the dark ink without planning or using a sketch as a reference. This method has always worked well for me, I treat it like an ice breaker.
I have been using Rives Heavyweight paper for years, mostly because I love the warm creamy tone. It’s a perfect color, not too yellow or red. But unlike what the name of it may suggest, this paper is actually pretty thin for a printmaking paper. Definitely thinner than Rives BFK. This can be a challenge when prints dry, sometimes they don’t flatten out.
On my next session I think I will experiment with other color inks and paper. I’m seeing a bright red ink on the grey Rives BFK paper, or maybe even white ink. That would be an interesting session indeed. Keep checking back again for more work, and more news! Yes I have a couple of things cooking at the moment. Come on back and if anyone is really reading this blog, thank you for taking the time to “hear” me babble.