Proofing a two plate etching


Paphiopedilum III proof

I had an odd scrap of copper that lent itself to this unusual composition.  I’d promised myself that I would take a break from color printing and return to black ink, but the first proof cried out for color.  I cut a second plate as close to the size of the original as possible, and planned to print one plate in light green and the second, directly on top of the first, in magenta.  As it turns out, some color combinations that look fantastic in the natural world are totally hideous when printed together.  Light green and violet aren’t faithful to the actual colors of the flower, but sometimes a little creative license is exactly what the project needs.

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