Thursday, September 01, 2011
As with all things done quickly, errors occur and this was no exception. However, a crop or two sometimes saves the day.
This is a gyotaku piece of ocean perch printed with Caligo white ink on blue silk kozo paper. I was pressing the paper to eliminate a few wrinkles and a little smudge of wax must have been left on the iron surface and transferred to the paper. I muttered a few Anglo Saxon phrases then decided to crop the piece to eliminate the waxed area. Either that or try to print over it with another fish. Cropping seemed the easier solution. I'll add a backing paper to it and keep my fingers crossed nothing else goes wrong!
The white against the blue is a good contrast and does give a ghostly appearance to the fish. I added very light touches of watercolour and coloured pencil to highlight the gill plates and eyes of the fish.