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Today I played around with my new to-mah-to prints.
Let me backup and first say that this whole printmaking adventure has had a few steep learning curves for me. I spent spring of this year in a class at Central Piedmont Community College, learning the processes of many kinds of printing that went beyond the basic rubber stamp cutting that I had done before . I learned so much and loved being a student again!
But then you get home and say, "wha...how did that work again???" After many frustrating tries, I now have a new registration and printing process that I'm using to print my linoleum blocks on the press and it is working beautifully! So I am extra happy that yesterday I was able to print a lot of good quality prints that can play with.
I used my Caran d-Ache Neocolor crayons and a tiny wet paintbrush to add color. The chunky, vivid colors brought back happy memories of laying on the family room rug with a coloring book! Once I got the magenta stripes on the plate, I just had to put in a pink tissue background. I only had time to finish two "coloring pages." A third one is in the wings while a painted panel dries. Stay tuned tomorrow to see my wallpaper inspired stencils!