My printing table is littered with capelin carcasses in my quest for the perfect print of this little fish.
I want to print a school of capelin and of course you know the dangers that is fraught with, don't you? The precision of inking, the correct weight paper, the right printmaking ink, just the right amount of molding paper around the little body, not getting any additional ink residue outside the print area... and that's juse one. How many fish in a school??? And what are the chances of getting ALL of them as acceptable prints on the same sheet of paper?
The image here isn't of capelin, but their close cousin, smelt. I've printed these using white and gold inks and added detail later. Holding my breath, I wet mounted this Moriko Kozo paper on plain mulberry paper for backing. I was afraid the dark blue might run when wet, but all was well and the colour held. This is one of the more expensive sheets of Japanese paper, but worth it in terms of versatility, texture and look.
Now back to the capelin...