I've got a whole series of these deco-inspired print blocks of my own special places in my head. Here's the key block to the second one. It's the first proof of it I've pulled, so I've got some adjustments to make, but it's close to final form. I did watercolors on top of it to see where I want the colors to go, and this is what I'm shooting for. Now I'll have to carve two more blocks -- one block will have both blues on it, and the other will be the green.
I'm still working on printing the first one, the Overton Park print. I'm having trouble getting the green block underneath and the black key block on top (which has all the pattern) to line up just right with each other. First I print the green, let it dry, and then print the black on top. I have to have both blocks in just the same spot so the colors aren't off a little bit from where they should be. I'm still learning how to work with this press, and it's a little frustrating so far, but I'm hoping to get better locked in this week. In the meantime, I'll start carving the color blocks for this one and see how they do.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.