First proofs of the key plates with provisional collages of images I am considering inserting.  

First proofs of the key plates with provisional collages of images I am considering inserting.  

 I am beginning to color-proof and think about placement of the mushroom images.

I am beginning to color-proof and think about placement of the mushroom images.

 Inking the plate.

Inking the plate.

 Keeping track of the ink colors.   

Keeping track of the ink colors.

 

 Never decide on  a color before making a pull-down on paper with a spatula!

Never decide on  a color before making a pull-down on paper with a spatula!

 Registration:  making sure all plates are perfectly aligned.

Registration:  making sure all plates are perfectly aligned.

 Lifting off the proof from the fourth and final plate of a test proof for  Beginnings & Endings:  Boom  (note that the digital photo collage pieces are still not there-- those will be applied when print is fully dry.)

Lifting off the proof from the fourth and final plate of a test proof for Beginnings & Endings:  Boom (note that the digital photo collage pieces are still not there-- those will be applied when print is fully dry.)

 Well, that reddish  color was nice, but is not for this print.  Trying a cool end of spectrum here.

Well, that reddish  color was nice, but is not for this print.  Trying a cool end of spectrum here.

 The pleasures of printing:  the Rorschach test image that blooms before your eyes as you pull the print.

The pleasures of printing:  the Rorschach test image that blooms before your eyes as you pull the print.

 Fun with green and yellow.

Fun with green and yellow.

DSC_3366 (2).JPG
 This is what my final stages of color proofing look like-- fine tuning of color.  The one on the left side won.  

This is what my final stages of color proofing look like-- fine tuning of color.  The one on the left side won.  

 "This one is too bright while this one has too much contrast, oh well, that one is too dark although I like what dark does at the bottom, wait, can  we combine..."etc etc.  And so it goes until print arrives into the color scheme it needs.

"This one is too bright while this one has too much contrast, oh well, that one is too dark although I like what dark does at the bottom, wait, can  we combine..."etc etc.  And so it goes until print arrives into the color scheme it needs.

 I think we have the color we want.  

I think we have the color we want.  

 White can be challenging on the copper plate as it tends to darken as it is wiped.  The trick is to take it off the surface without too much rubbing.  

White can be challenging on the copper plate as it tends to darken as it is wiped.  The trick is to take it off the surface without too much rubbing.  

Nov16_022.JPG