Thursday, September 23, 2010
Smelt are a cousin of the capelin family and I hadn't seen one previously until Lori provided me with one on her return from coastal Labrador/Quebec.
It was fairly delicate, as the capelin are and didn't take many prints before starting to degrade. However, I think I got at least one good sheet of prints from it and then tried this one on a piece of black card that I had on my table. Unfortunately, I had managed to smear ink on the paper so only the front half of the smelt is usable.
I rather like the ghostly effect on the black paper and the final print sheet has similar in pale gold on a rich deep blue handmade Japanese paper called Moriki Kozo.
This isn't the finished piece, but gives you an idea of the colours in the inks I'm using as well as the paper. Why its posting vertically instead of horizontally, I don't know. Another of Blogger's little mysteries!