February 27, 2011

Little Snail Blue

Well it turns out last week's teasing glimpse of spring was just that, a tease. Just to bring the point home, mother nature hit us with some snow this weekend and this morning we woke to this:

But this is only the second time we've had snow this year, despite predictions for a tough winter, and the first snow we got, back in November, barely lasted two days.  Plus, shoveling was a good workout for both of us this morning so, all things considered, and knowing that the snow drops (and spring) are patiently waiting under the drifts, there's no cause to gripe.  Besides, hanging out at home, drinking tea in front of the fireplace, and knowing there's no pressure to get anywhere has it's up side. And it was a good day to print; no need to go out and start working in the yard yet. 

I finally reached a decision on which colour to go with for the snails late last night.  I had the block cleared and ready to go by dinner time but still hadn't made up my mind on the next colour.  So I loaded last week's print into Photoshop and spent the evening mucking around with layers and testing colours yet again.  Having the background colours to work with helped a lot, so although the images were rough, they still gave a good enough idea of the overall effect.  Keeping in mind that the Photoshop colours are meant only as approximations, first there was red:

Then orange:

And then blue.

I also tried a tan version that didn't work at all but I kind of liked the orange one.  I showed my different options to Roland and asked for his opinion but it didn't help.  I was, of course, hoping he'd pick the orange version too but he didn't like it.  He liked the blue one.  (Is is a "guy thing", Stuart?)  In the end though, the thing that decided it was the spider print. 

I'm not sure why I didn't do it before, one of those stupid lapses I guess, but I finally compared the spider print to both of my considered options, orange and blue, for the snails. At which point it was totally clear that if the snails were orange, the colour scheme would be too close to the spider print.  I don't want that; I don't want a theme like that.  So that left the one clear choice:

It took me nearly 45 minutes to mix and test and mix and test the ink until I finally got a blue I liked but I'm satisfied with my decision.


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