Relief printing is the third medium that I've tried using the Terraskin paper and Rocky the Crow is the result of the experiment.
I found a small piece of soft cut block which is heaven to carve and doesn't hurt my hand. I then sketched a crow sillouette and branch onto the block. Using Amie Roman's advice about carving out the crow and tree instead of leaving them as the relief worked beautifully on black paper, but of course on the off white surface of the Terraskin, it becomes reversed with an albino crow.
Terraskin doesn't absorb ink the same way as regular paper would and with its slicker surface, burnishing blurred the image. I found more success with saturating the block with ink then plopping it onto the terraskin and using the pressure of my hand only, leaning into it to apply the image to the surface. Even then, I can't get a crisp image with the block.
With the first blurred image, I thought I would try washing the ink off the surface, as can be done with Yupo. A lot of the ink did wash away, but there is a shadow left that makes the piece unusable unless gessoed....another element for another experiment perhaps.
So I did a quick print on black paper to get the desired effect of black crow. I didn't test first to get a really good print, but the general idea is there. I will work more on some good prints of this image.
The results of this experiment? Terraskin isn't going to work well for printing from what I've seen so far. However, I think it is worth playing with more to see what other effects can be achieved with it in the print world. Never say never.