I pulled the second block before dinner last night, and I'm mostly pleased with the results. I'm thinning out some of the darker marks a bit and cleaning up the letters, but this one is close to done. I'm also trying to decide about whether to cut bark pattern into the trunks or leave them solid. That's the last hard choice to make about this one.
I also tested it on two different colors of paper. You'll see that the lighter sheet is badly offset. I used the wrong form to align it on the press. In my defense, a dog we were babysitting for the afternoon had just peed all over the floor of my studio, and I was trying to just pull the block quickly while the ink was already rolled on the block so I could clean up after the dog. (They never mentioned issues like this in art school.)
Otherwise, I really like both papers, which each give the print a different feel, and I may do two smaller editions instead of one large edition.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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