Blaen Nantmor - In the
notebook where I record all my prints and make comments and notes
about anything 'special' relating to that particular print, I've
written "Nice trouble free print".
Snowy images require a slightly different approach
because there is invariably more white than usual. It's necessary
to keep in mind how the white snow 'bleeds' onto the white of the
paper and to what degree the eye is able to make an imaginary border.
I've used a couple of rocks in the bottom right corner as a visual
hint regarding the position of the edge of the print.
After a stream of emails back and forth to Colorado
(to an incredibly generous fellow linocutter Sherrie York), I tried
a time-saving masking technique for the first time. After printing
the palest colour, I cut a mask which covered everything but the
sky, this enabled me to print a pale blue sky without inking up
the whole block. The mask didn't need to match the skyline perfectly,
because subsequent darker colours cover any slight overprinting
of the blue. It'll be a useful technique to experiment with if I
need isolated areas of colour in future work but I'm not sure how
well it would work with deeper, darker colours.