Final updates on my 10 x 10 inch print: Colors 9 (green) and 10 (medium blue) went down on Friday. I originally planned a bright blue swimsuit and pool tile but it just looked out of place, so I toned it down with some grey. Feedback along the way has been to stop with whatever color is there on the bushes/trees. But I continued with my original plan...and printed the darkest color (11, a dark blue/green) on the bushes/trees, and the inner part of the pool. But it was too harsh and put it all on the same plane which just looked wrong. So I added a bunch of transparent base and it lightened just right. That added the 12th and final color.
I have forgiven my mistakes on this print, and there have been several. Most you won't notice. One mistake I did have to make up for was cutting off the wheel of the front lounge before I printed the last color. BIG oopsie. So I cut out a hole in the gomuban and popped in a new piece and carved out the proper wheel remainder and voila! Fixed! I just realized that this is the most colors I have ever used on a reduction print. It was nice to be able use all the layers I thought I needed. But I also like the challenge of doing prints with 2 or 3 or 4 colors. Getting your image across with just a few colors is more of an artistic challenge, rather than the technical challenge of more colors. Anyway, I love this print. For me, it felt like I was spending time with my Mom everyday I worked on this. It was wonderful having her around.
I am a printmaker who lives in Phoenix AZ. I am a member of Five15 Arts Gallery and teach printmaking at the Phoenix Center for the Arts. My favorite media are reduction relief, monotype and solarplate etching.