Added a reddish violet last night, with these results:
Tom carved away all the parts that were to remain blue-green (the third color) in the print, then inked the block with a reddish violet, and printed over the top of all the other colors on each print.
It’s starting to look like a bee!
Tom carved away everything from the block that he wanted to remain light blue. Then he inked the block with blue-green and printed again, over the top of the first two colors on the print.
This is actually an Argyle Ice Bee as described in various places in Circuitous Route.
Tom printed the second color on the bee print.
First he carved away all the areas on the block that he wanted to remain yellow on the twelve prints. Then he inked the block with blue, and printed over the yellow color on each of the twelve prints, so now each print looks like this:
Right now he is printing the third color, but we won’t be able to scan it until it’s dry, in a day or two.
We’ve started a color-reduction linoleum relief print, which is a process that uses only one block to create a multiple-color print. Instead of carving a block for each color, one block is carved, printed, carved again, carefully realigned over the same paper and printed with a new color, etc. The best way to explain it is to show examples. So here is our bee print with the first color–Tom has carved out all the places that he wanted to leave white, rolled yellow ochre ink onto the block, and printed it onto 12 sheets of paper: