I carved the second block for my Year of the Dragon Print, the color block. You can see where this block had been painted white, and then I had transferred the key block onto it yesterday.
I mixed up a green from my Akua inks and printed up a few. It wasn't covering very well, there were spots and dips and icky stuff. I tried a few things then decided I better sand the white paint off the block. I went downstairs into Darrell's woodshop and sanded it there so I would minimize the sawdust in my ink!
Here is the bunch of prints I did, trying different things and different colors. I can't tell which prints I did before I sanded and which were after. I don't think it made a big difference, other than getting rid of the few bumps that were on there.
I know what I did wrong though...I tried really hard to keep my sanding block even across the face, but I still managed to get the corners a little lower than the rest of the block. So, when I print I have to give extra attention to the edges and corners.
I only printed about 16 on the good paper, and of those I painted the eyes gold and put some red in the nostril and the mouth, which will be covered by the black, but I think a little of the red will show through.
I didn't want to get too far ahead - I still need to make sure I'm on the right track before I print them all. Next time I will print the key block over what I've done so far to make sure everything is turning out like I want.
Besides, I ran out of gas.