© Hannah Phelps
Wave on a Bright Day
jigsaw relief, 9" x 12"
This print is a jigsaw AND a white-line. I completed it a few weeks ago from drawings in my sketchbook.
I don't know how many pieces I ended up with after I cut up the block - you can try to count them if you want to. But there isn't a prize for the right answer or anything. This time.
Something exciting happened while I was making this print. Aside from getting this cool image, I had a little revelation.
My mother is a crazily avid knitter (I swear this is relevant), but she doesn't like to do small projects with lots of little ends to tie in at the finish. I got her the book Knit Your Own Royal Wedding a few years ago as a Mother's Day gift and she certainly laughed as she looked through it, but I knew she wouldn't actually knit any of the projects. "These characters are full of little fussy bits," she told me.
I used to think I was the same way - not interested in "little fussy bits". But now I am not so sure.
This block seems like a messy, logistical nightmare to print - there are a lot of pieces and some of them are small enough to worry that they might end up lost down the drain during clean up - but I really loved every minute I was making it. Even snuggling the tiny pieces together when they were covered with ink and one tiny slip of a finger meant pulling it apart and re-inking.
This was created in one layer, just like a traditional white-line woodcut. So I didn't have to worry about registering the paper on the block properly over and over again.
So I am trying this again, while I try to finish up the big one I told you about two months ago. And a little one. And starting to paint again a little too.
Basically, all is going well.