Looks like I am on a roll with the creative drive so spent part of the day yesterday constructing a new plate from which the above image was printed. Last night spent a few hours in the studio inking the plate and taking some test proofs. After printing this single colour first proof noticed that the plate needed to be trimmed slightly to square it off, that was easily done with a sharp exacto blade and cork backed metal ruler. This new study features the water's edge (lakeshore) with rock and cat-tail reeds with a slight reflection in a dark pool.
Again used tag board (dense thin cardboard used in bookbinding) for the base to which I glued pieces of styrofoam (thin sheet scratchfoam). I pressed coarse sandpaper into its surface and also drew into it with a ballpoint pen tip. The reeds in the dark pool were slivers of bamboo skewer that I carefully shaved off with a xacto blade and were glued to the cardboard. The top part of the plate was an assortment of organic matter such as dried fern tips and a bit of a cellulose modeling material called paper clay. Everything was sealed under a couple of layers of water base varnish when the glue had dried. Applied Graphic Chemical intense black etching ink mixed with easywipe compound with a small bundle of cotton cloth (dauber) and wiped it into the plate and then started removing ink from the surface areas using tarlatan and final wipe with tissue. Printed into Bockingford 250 gsm white paper.
detail from a section of the plate that shows thin layer of styrofoam with pen markings, some organic plant matter, bamboo shavings that were used to create the cattail reeds and paperclay for cattail bulb and some rock textures.
Everything was sealed under two layers of water based varnish
Below is a photo of the inked plate on the press bed awaiting the paper and felts to be placed over top.
My plan is to use the medium to create a series of images that concentrate on the theme of water in nature.