Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Color Mixing

Today didn't go as I thought it would.  I imagined myself knocking out two or three more colors today.  Yet all I could manage was one.  Printing over green was an experiment.  I decided to go for a light aqua by printing what turned out to be a very light blue over the green.  I liked the color I ended up with but before I could print, I needed to cut away the areas I wanted to save as green.  As you can see from the line drawing (in an earlier post here) it is very detailed.  And confusing, I might add.  I made some changes along the way in what was cut and what was added.  But now I am left with making sure my improvisations don't leave behind glaring cutting errors.  Something Fishy was a whole lot easier to cut.
So my next decision was do I print orange next or a raw siena kind of color?  And how much will printing a not totally opaque orange have when printing over aqua.  When I mixed the two inks on the palatte, the white in the light blue made the orange turn coral.   So I prepared four different oranges, one pure, one with a little red, one with a lot of red and the second with a little umber added to it.  I needed a real test of printing on the actual print.  And frankly, I was a little surprised by my results.
The orange was dulled only a little.  They all came out a whole lot truer than I expected.
I noticed that the aqua was still wet and on this particular print I hadn't used any cobalt drier.  The orange didn't cover smoothly so I will have to watch that tomorrow.  Hopefully the aqua will be dry and I won't have any problems.  Tomorrow's challenge will be cutting the blue.  I have to say though, I love seeing the prints after cutting away another layer.  Secrets are revealed.

1 comment:

  1. Oh Wendy, you're so good about thinking ahead! Testing colors BEFORE you print? What a concept! And you get beautiful colors, to boot. (sigh)

    Yesterday must have been the day for print slow-downs... the two colors I got down aren't drying and I'm not convinced I like one of them. Impatient me wants to hurry up and put another color on to see if things even out... danger, danger!


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