Two more collographs from my British Royals series, others of which can be seen here and here. The one in the green dress is Mary Queen of Scots. She was pretty scary looking when I did the first proof. However, I then added some Matt Gel Medium to her face, with a little Burnt Sienna added. That meant that I could see her features & what they were likely to print. Previously I’d just used Gel or Impasto, which was a bit silly of me. Mary’s face, hair and hands were inked up in Raw Sienna, then the dress in green and the chair and underskirt in blue. I did a yellow colour roll and then a blend, of which I had the reddish- brown at the top. I then wiped back her face and hands.
Ann of Cleves was printed on a different day, with different colours on the rollers, but still a yellow for the first roll, then a blend with pinkish-red at the bottom. She has been inked up initially in Prussian Blue and Sanguine. ‘In the flesh’ the sanguine looks marvellous.
Printmaking is over for the year now. What a shame. I will miss it.