I made a few test prints this week of some smaller blocks that were finished and ready to be printed. I was mostly pleased with them but I knew as soon as they were printed that they weren’t finished. There were still a few details I wasn’t happy with…a few small changes I would need to make.
It’s not easy to change a block once it’s been printed because at that point the whole block is black from ink and it’s not easy to see carved details clearly.
I sighed. A drank a second cup of tea. I worked on something else for a while.
I tried to decide that the prints were fine and that I could continue to call them finished. “No one will notice those little details but me,” I told myself. “It’s fine to leave them as there are.” I worked on convincing myself of this for a few hours.
Every so often I’d glance at the test prints. The details that were wrong were still wrong.
So I spent all day on Thursday under a strong light recarving the parts of the blocks that needed it… fixing them, making them truly finished.
I had to. The blocks couldn’t be finished just because I wanted them to be. They had to be finished because they really were as good as I could get them. They couldn’t be finished until they were finished no matter how little I wanted to recarve them.
Oh, and some fun news… one of my prints was included in an ETSY treasury this week. Take a peek!