The third layer. I won’t bore you with the long list of reasons it took me so long to get started on this; it is an extremely long list! Slowly coming together.
The second layer of my bee has been printed. The colour of this layer is very close to that of the first. This is because I want to add some depth to the image later on.
This little bird is a combination of a very simple mono print and a dry point etching. Because of the mono print, the colour underneath is bird is the same, and yet very different.
First I placed a plate of toughened glass over the etching and painted a yellow bird shape.
Then I ran it through the press.
Then the prints went for a bath to make the paper wet for the etch print.
The final image is small and simple, but effective.
On Sunday I finally found the time to start printing a bee!
The first layer always looks very strange, lots of random lines and voids. But I promise there is method to the madness and the lines are not random at all. Only 8-10 layers to go.
Images don’t always work out as they are supposed to. Still thinking about bees, my latest sketch is a bee on a hive. It has some good points, but as you can see the bee is a little lost. In hindsight, I should have sketched this in colour, with black, brown and yellow layers to help separate the bee from the honey comb background. It has potential though.
The final butterfly isn’t a butterfly at all, but a moth. It is the same etching that I printed some time back on the wrong paper. Here it looks much better. The right tools make all the difference.