I spent part of yesterday working on making a replacement dragon print for the one I sold last week and it turned out to be a bit more of a project than I planned. When I make the prints I color, I use a heavier paper than the straight blacks. It is a very touchy process to get the amount of ink correct and then have it evenly transfer to the paper.
This time it took three tries to get it right. The first one I did was way too light. I thought I had enough ink on it, but evidently I didn’t. For the next one I added more ink and it ended up too dark, filling in way too many of his scales. I think the problem was compounded by pressing too hard with the patten and thus pushing some of the excess ink into the little scale gouges.
So maybe third time’s the charm. I re-inked a little bit less after wiping off his scales and pressed down more softly, finally getting one that was acceptable for adding the watercolor. I really don’t make these often enough to get the heavier paper right the first time around. It gets expensive, but what can I do? After I got this one right, I did another one as a spare and it worked out fine.
And here he is, walking through fire, unconcerned and on his merry way. As long as I am not pulled out of town again, it will be back to the architecturals this week.