Hello! It's a rainy day today in State College, which I don't mind, I like thunderstorms.
So today I tried a different color, pewter, which is silver but I guess darker? I'm an "artist" and still don't really get color names. But after talking to my boyfriend, Kevin, about my last proofs, he mentioned how my remnant marks (the markings going on around my words) looked a little too jagged, which I agreed after staring at it for a bit. It's always nice getting feedback from a fresh pair of eyes. You can get so use to looking at your work that you don't even know if it is good or not.
I decided to try out a rolling pin for proofing, thinking I might get a more even print. WELL, I kinda do. The paper still moves. I realized that in the second photo, you get one roll and the paper moves. So I have to figure out the right pressure with the rolling. I didn't print on good paper yet, which I did buy but I still have some more cutting to do. (And working on the confidence to do so!)
There are still a little too many jagged remnant marks at the bottom left, but I definitely want to keep some. I'm really liking the simplicity of these, and the little marks closely around the letters are wonderful. I'm hoping everyone can read these, THAT would be a shame.
The more time I am dedicating to this the more I am thinking, "Am I really going to do this? Can I even make this a thing, even a living?" And I honestly have to believe I can, I cannot deal with my own self doubt. This is my first time working with font, let alone cutting it out of linoleum, which is really difficult, and I'm pretty pleased starting off. I know I can grow and make better prints with words. I'm hoping to eventually make designs on cards too. I have to remember that this is a learning process and it isn't going to be a flawless journey. Which as a printmaker, I struggle with daily. haha. The need to be perfect at the first try is ludicrous and is something I really need to let go.
Weekly blog about my life and my printing!