but I got carried away by the thought of colour! so I worked across the seven images trying to make sense of the lines (what was water? what was a tide pool? what was a shingle bank?)
this took far longer than it ought to have done. . .
because of all the really annoying irritating people
who take the class on a Thursday
and seem to spend their whole morning asking me what I am doing. . .
I am only there for the morning, so do not have this luxury
(altho I do ask the real artists the odd question)
and I especially don't like the short-temperedness it brings out in me
when printing from an etched plate onto paper, you have to first dampen your paper (this has something to do with the ink taking better to the paper if the paper is damp) and then you have to blot your paper (it can't be too damp, you see - you can tell by looking at the surface of the paper if it is too damp) (it's special etching printing paper, called Somerset Velvet) (I'm sure you can print onto other types of paper, but it's a learning curve and I'm at the bottom at the moment) .
I can't work out how to rotate the photo 90 degrees anti-clockwise, so you'll have to tip your head to the right to look at this. . .
however, the mistake I made
mine, I made it, the mistake
but partly because I was being rushed at the press
by one of the really annoying irritating people
who kept asking me questions
and staring over my shoulder at what I was doing
in a very invasive manner
so I lost my concentration
(I don't know where it went - but I lost it)
(only my concentration, thank goodness)
was not to remember that the print comes out left-to-right-reversed. . .
. . .I forgot
hence the set of images doesn't work for me - they are supposed to show the tide going out, receding to reveal shingle banks from which mere tide pools emerge as the tide has gone fully out - from left to right - as you look at the print; you know, the way the Western brain looks at everything left to right? that's how we scan a set of images too. . . so, in the following, the seventh section on the far right is supposed to be the first on the far left, with the others from right to left following from left to right. . .
*DEEP DEEP SIGH*
but, then again, I only wanted a test print to see if the lines of the water/shingle/shore work, so if I can look at it from that point of view, it's OK; and because of the nature of an etched print, I can actually add in the missing colours by painting with ink
however, I guess the beauty of etching is that I have the plates, and I can try again next time. . .