Thursday, June 7, 2012

Color Blocking a Curl Snout

Full steam ahead!  The Art Box is sort of like my Home Depot.  All I have to say is "Yeah, I'm thinking about doing some colors like     (blank)    ." and Amanda Johnson or another associate will say, "Oh.  Well, have you ever considered       (blank)      ?  They work really well for that." and suddenly I have no excuses for putting off advancement on a project.  I bought some Sennelier watercolors from them and really love the saturation of rich color.  I think they will translate well with this project.  You can't really go wrong with Sennelier anyway but I've never tried Cobalt Green or Phthalo Green Light.  They are exactly the shades I was looking for though.  I'm a little gun shy now around Cobalts and Cadmiums.  I am wary of heavy metals but I really love the colors that come from those categories.  I promised myself that I'd be very careful this time.

As you can see from the test proof above, I've tried them out on a piece of Masa and they color reads very nicely.  I colored the proof in yellow and red to act as a map for when I have to carve the color blocks.  I don't want to risk using the colors I am going to print with as they are too similar and I want to have a good contrast to go by.

Kentos are carved.  Now it is time for the grunt work!  I was asked yesterday if I had trouble with tennis elbow due to the carving.  I have actually had trouble as of late but I think it is due to being out of shape and sleeping on one side.  I had a fair amount of popping and cracking when I initially started carving but once I flex and stretch things clear up.  Old age is whispering in my ear.