Friday, June 11, 2010
The cheque for my grant arrived today which turns it into reality and means that I have to get down to business. Part of that business is buying supplies to enable me to produce more gyotaku.
I've been quietly working away in the background on Japanese paper that I invested in awhile back and my store of fresh and frozen fish. I've since bought more paper and will be purchasing even more. I need enough to experiment with different types of paper and to have enough to wet mount the ones that I want to keep.
I will also purchase a cross section of printmaking inks to see which work best for the technique. I've been using water based so far and they're fine but not high quality. I'll invest in some oil and water based ones to see which produce the best prints for me.
While I know I will be spending money on supplies, the quantity that adds up in a little 'faux shopping' online is somewhat scary. However, I'm sure I'll get over it quickly enough...
Meanwhile, some more watercolour brings me back down to earth with the pelican. He's starting to take on a stronger shape now and colours creeping in to provide form.