|Fig. 18, first proof in black, showing the 21-step scale printed onto the paper.|
I finally got a really nice results with my test plates on Monday and Thursday morning and finally made a "real" solarplate Thursday right at about noon. I printed three proofs, two black ink and one Payne's grey, seen above. I was having an issue with too much plate tone (A thin residue of ink left on the surface of a plate after it's wiped. The pale grey background is plate tone) which improved with the Payne's Grey, so I'm thinking the black could be modified a bit with transparent base or something. Adding a separate monoprint in color to this image will just muddy some of the colors if there is too much plate tone.
|Fig. 8, A Star Named Wormwood, A/P. 8"x10", Solarpate etching.|
So this week, I will be proofing his version of the image as well as creating some real artwork with Fig. 18. And of course getting my studio ready for the Open Studio Tour: 14 days away!! Panic is starting to set in...