This morning I awoke at 4:30am, feeling fully rested and ready for the day. This is not usual. But what can we do, we have to listen to our bodies. So I got up and made the previous blog post, then read for awhile, and when I noticed the sky lightening I went outdoors. What lovely fresh air before all the city engines gear up!
Looking east and west from our backyard.
I spent most of this day doing paperwork and organizing image files and writing letters. Finally by late afternoon I got out for a walk, and then into the studio for a couple of hours. Many thanks to my lovely husband who took care of dinner for us!
In the studio I made faux-chine-colle prints. Faux: because I did not paste the paper and pull the print in one fell swoop. No, I pasted the papers many days ago, and just today printed over them in a whole separate endeavour. My plates are not flat, and the resulting uneven pressure does not work very well for adhering the papers during printing. It could work if I had a press, but I have no press nor space for one. C'est la vie.
"Faux-chine-colle": say it quickly and it rolls off the tongue really well! *laughs*
Visualizing how the printed image would look over the various shapes of collaged papers was a challenge for me. Some turned out more interesting than others, but on the whole I like them a lot. I can see much potential for exploration based on this simple technique of collage + print.
Will I have enough lifetime to explore everything I want to in my studio? Perhaps not. But I keep notes, just in case.