Today I started a woodblock color reduction of a honeybee–I was listening to Jason Webley’s “There’s Not A Step We Can Take That Does Not Bring Us Closer,” which a) has the longest title of any song ever, and b) has the lines “We are army ants/We are worker bees/We are salmon in the stream/After years at sea.”

I just did a salmon print, and I have no particular interest in ants, but I was really feeling this song at the time, so I decided to print a worker bee.

hand press!

I ended up printing most of the first two layers by hand because there was some serious competition for the studio’s relief press. Sometimes it pays to know how to hand press.

layer 1

layer 2

That dark spot in the corner isn’t part of the print, it’s just something on my camera lens. That’s what I get for using my phone with inky hands.

There’ll probably be two more layers to this one, but I’ll get to those later. Off to work!

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