Today (or at this specific moment, yesterday) the trips to the art stores happened, within the span of about an hour. This was fun, though now the hard work comes: actually using the supplies. Which is what everyone wants me to do, and which is likely why I met with no resistance when getting to the places, today: I actually did use some of my supplies.
Although I had planned to spend around $60-$70, I ended up spending a bit more. I knew it might come to that. Although the big-box art supply store had more types of X-Acto blades, they had only two of the three types I wanted. They also did not have 2″x 2″ linoleum blocks, and their prices on block printing ink were higher than at the smaller art store for identical inks.
I’ve found a hesitance to work on the actual execution of these projects: they are beautiful in my concept, and having the supplies and the time, I have no excuse not to work. I think that I have a fear that my execution will not fulfill my concept, however; that I’ll end up ruining a project or messing up. Though this is kind of ridiculous, as I consistently surprise myself where it comes to ease with my media and the skill I have which is hidden until demonstrated. It’s also ridiculous when the materials are inexpensive. Maybe I would have been better off just getting one or two more inks. Maybe.
On the other hand, the randomness of color printing, when using mixed inks, is an obvious upshot of working with prints.
Then there is the fear that I’ll really really like it.
And end up collecting plates of glass to roll out my inks…
…but why is that scary? Because then I’ll be doing something fulfilling?
I need to go over my receipts and see what I did get which I didn’t plan on getting.
I should also work on my “crocus” before the urge becomes too stale. I can already see myself forgetting how to work the image in drawing. But then there are new elements to this, now: one of which is that I have new knives and gouges that I should practice with before cutting a final image; the other of which is that I want to experiment with image registration, though multi-color prints may realistically be very advanced from my current position.
What I did do today, as well, though: I made a toolbox with all of my knives, gouges, blade holders, adhesives, brayers, and black pens (fineliners, brush pens, Sharpies). Do you think that maybe I should just concentrate on two-tone prints, for now (positive and negative space, as versus color)? I can see where maybe I should…
And maybe I should put my weird-nib Pitt pens in that kit, too. I don’t have to be concerned about water resistance, here, as I won’t be painting over them (Pitt black pens have a tendency to leave a grey haze when water is washed over them — a reason they aren’t more central to my work — but they have some special felt nibs that behave in interesting ways. As I’m just after the design, shapes, and lines…there isn’t any drawback to using them).
But yeah, I pretty much had to pick up the violet ink today because my little flower print does remind me of a crocus. Maybe what I can do is work suminagashi or wet-into-wet watercolor on the paper first, then make multiple little prints on them with the newer crocus linocut?
Wow, I just realized that if my Boku-Undo inks and Sumifactant are still worth anything, I should be able to make pale pink/blue/violet marbling (the inks are very weak) and then print multiple crocuses on top of that in violet, via block printing. And I can even add translucency to it, because I got an extender for the ink. And…I also have a blue and magenta, so I could print multiple colors mixed together on one stamp, instead of a straight violet. Then I can cut the prints apart and give them to people. 🙂 No kento registration required, though if I really wanted to, I could put in a border…
And yes, I did just think of Artists’ Trading Cards…am I getting a “thing,” now? Are flowers in water-soluble media now my “thing”?
I should find my palette knife so I can mix the ink…I think it used to be in a pot with the brushes and pens at my old craft area, but that was before we rearranged. I know where it might be, though: I can look for it after we’re facing the Sun again. 😉
I forgot to mention that I moved the majority of my “dusty” media (hard pastels, pastel pencils, charcoal, charcoal pencils, White Charcoal, white Rembrandt soft pastel), graphite crayons and pencils, and their accoutrements (erasers, blending stumps, chamois, X-Acto knife [#11 blade] for pencil sharpening), plus some earth-tone watercolor and colored pencils, into an old ArtBin which is stacked under my Printing kit (which is in the toolbox I used for my art supplies when I was taking art classes).
I should take photos of this. I can see myself not recalling where I put the stuff…if I maintain visual records, though…at least that will be something I can reference without having to catalog everything…
Okay, self: tomorrow is a new day. Do not fear it.