With this year being the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII, I used one of my projects in printmaking last spring to pay homage to Mr. Lash Blast by
That was as far as I got in the class. I was mostly satisfied with it even though it didn’t really POP. I liked the lines. But, I went into it a little bit more anyway on my own time later.
I didn’t particularly like the inking process for this kind of printmaking but I did like the results. Or rather, I liked that I could make something that was close to what a pencil drawing would be. But all that dabbing away with tarlatans, and then with Q-tips…what a meticulous and time-consuming process! I think it took me 30 minutes to pull one print between inking and wiping.
Fun side note: One time I joked that the tarlatans were charlatans. One of my classmates didn’t know the word “charlatan” and thought that’s what the cloths were actually called. I guess people don’t say “charlatan” anymore? LOL
I’m still technically not done with this, because there are stray scratches visible in the two best prints I pulled. I contacted my teacher for advice, asking whether I should just ink the light prints by hand with a pen, or try to erase the stray marks off the page from the better prints. She said it wouldn’t really be a print anymore if I did too much with pen, but that it could be considered a mixed media piece. I’m thinking of going the eraser route.