Making art is not always enjoyable. There are days I still feel like an beginner. This is the reality. I want to share that with you just as I’ve shared triumphs.
I show up. I work, but a quality of craft just isn’t with me. I feel like materials have been wasted (ink and paper). I feel like my time has been wasted. On top of that I feel a bit like I haven’t even learned anything. All I have ended up with is one half-decent print, out of an intended five.
The above image may be slightly misleading. I did crack it on the press, but the piece wasn’t fully separated. I pulled it apart after printing for a bit of emphasis. The crack happened at the end of printing the third color. I went ahead and tried to print the next layer, but the block was far from level anymore and caused some banding. It was also causing the block to shift under the press. It was causing the paper to shift. When you’re working with fine lines, registration is key. It is something I still need to work on.
I finally had a bit of an epiphany and hand-printed (with a spoon) my last good copy. It mostly came out. Enough for me to be almost happy with it. My frustration stems from the fact that I don’t want one print. I want five prints. I want to be a printmaker and that dictates a need for patience, perseverance, and a thick skin especially from my own criticism. Better luck next time wnussbaum.
With that said what registration methods do you use? Pins? T and Bar?