Part of this project has involved backdrawing. It’s taken a little while to get the hang of it, my first few goes had a bit too much ink on the printing plate so the lines weren’t as clear as I wanted them to be.
I found that if I took a print of the printing plate first then did a backdrawing on my paper afterwards then the ink was thin enough on the plate for the backdrawing to be clear with little smudging or extra ink on the page. I’ve tried using pencils, and pens, the end of a paint brush to make marks.
I found the pen drawings gave a stronger, defined line more so than the pencil or paint brush.
I need to finish a few experiments with back-drawing and layered masks in one print (not sure it’s going to look how I’d like but worth a go). Then I’ll be moving onto Project 4!