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Tsushima-san's progress

Posted by Dave Bull on August 5, 2011 [Permalink]

New printer Tsushima-san was here for another session today. Her family commitments make it impossible for her to be here more than a couple of mornings per week, so her progress is kind of slow ...

Or is it?

In the previous post I showed a sample of her work - a copy of the Hokusai carp design - and over her past two sessions (Tuesday and today) she made another batch of ten of them.

Rather than simply show a copy of her result, I think it might be instructive to show it side-by-side with the original copy (my version) that she was referencing while she worked:

But that's not all she has been up to. On Monday she ran off another pile of kakegami, because we are already running low on the first batch she made, and I also interrupted her work on the carp print for a short session of practice at doing gradations. For this, I pulled out some old blocks from the store room, for a simple print I made many years ago for one of the Baren print exchanges.

I used this to show her the basics of gradation printing, and she then made a small 'edition' of six copies of the print:

The background is a bit rough - that's a very difficult impression - and the gradations are a bit streaky, but it's a good start.

Before she left this afternoon, she did the keyblock printing for her next practice item, a design from one of my early Surimono Albums. Come Monday, she'll be back to do the colours ...

I'm very happy with her progress!




Added by: AEleen Frisch on August 5, 2011, 11:36 pm

I think she is making fantastic progress! Don't focus so much on how fast her progress is (you may not realize it, but you start every post talking about how she can't work very much and her progress is slow), but be happy how much she is learning. Somewhat surprisingly, I think the slight misregistration on her version of the carp introduces some interesting complexity into the fish scales via the light arcs at the top of each one.

Added by: Tom Kristensen on August 6, 2011, 8:22 am



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