Fine tuning at the studio... continued to repair mistakes made while scratching the linework. It's about 56 hours and counting for this plate which I got started on last Monday... Very slow and not so steady...
I decided that after the repairs, I would leave it aside in wait for consultation before I make any silly mistakes with the final etch.
I proceeded to redo the small plate for unguided practice so I can remember the steps.
It turned out well this time. Phew!
Also tried to complete my very first alugraph's second layer, and mixed the perfect red. Plate turned out great and it printed fairly well, but unfortunately I got carried away again with the turpentine blobs, which spread and did not fit proportionately to the image thereafter. . . thus. . . I'll have to regrind and re draw yet again, but at another time to best maximise the little time I have left.
There was no hand holding this week. Consultation would be constructive advice, second opinions and reflective conversations as I continued to observe when anybody made a plate or printed.
Studio Grafis Minggiran is not only a printmaking workshop - the studio changes to a lab spontaneously. Experiments are made with chemicals and materials to support the various printmaking techniques. For instance, the alugraphy powder formula that we have been using, had been developed by Tape over the past 5 years. Today, Rully was also making hard ground from scratch for Print Parade #2 in case we ran out of the expensive store bought ones that I brought over from Singapore.
I live in an excessive consumerist culture in a city, where you are able to buy almost anything you want, and it may not make sense to many people to make their own ingredients from scratch (it may even cost more to do so). Many who live in the city's fast paced life may not even know the content of their store bought products, and may not be able to relate it to the raw materials used to manufacture it - because it doesn't really matter.
I find great pleasure in the act of making. It gives me a sense of control, and I enjoy the processes that come with it, and discovering how stuff works. It matters to me, it makes my mind work, and I don't think my mind has worked so much in a long time. At least being here today, I was able to witness asphalt (although not in its most natural form) for patching roofs, mixed with thinner or turpentine to create hard ground.