On the news one night there was a segment on the status of starfish, some people know them as sea stars, and their perilous fight for survival. Or fight for something. They are dying up and down both coasts of the US. and probably other places, too, but those two for sure. Furthermore. they were exhibiting very unusual behavior such as tearing their own arms off and eating them. Ewww. These poor things are in peril big time. And, then it hit: OMG that has to be a sign of something, pollution, change in water temperature or salinity due to the polar ice cap melting, no one seems to know what. But, wait a minute! Did I say "a sign of something"? Yes, yes! It is a SIGN! And, to add to the festivities, there is a zen tangle drawing in my sketchbook that might be just what I need. Ahh, but which sketchbook? I found it without too much sleuthing:
Ummmm, she kind of gets lost in the background - maybe a little chine collé. After trying a pink and a purple I landed on yellow - most of the starfish I've seen on our coast have been a bright yellow, so that was a winner. I made an acetate stencil to lay down after the black ink and before the rainbow roll.
Never one to quit before it's too late, if one chine collé is good, how about two? I just happened to have something perfect in the "white decorate papers" drawer. So, a wonderful paper with streaks of silver undulating through it seemed to me to be the perfect complement.
The only problem was that the silver from the wonder paper would be forced onto the plate after every trip through the press and it would not come off with anything. I tried baby oil, turps, mineral spirits, water (which is really not a good thing on solar plate). and finally, in a fit of desperation, De-Solv-It. Which fortunately did not dissolve the plate, but did get rid of the silver residue, and that stuff had to go because it wanted to collect black ink on the next print and that certainly would not do. After that problem was solved (no pun intended) I could go on to the last step: a blind embossing of the name STARFISH. (You may have to click on the image and enlarge it to see the embossing.) To my demented mind this signified the disappearance of this oceanic life form, if we humans don't do something to help them out. Without them how and what will the anemones eat?
The answer to the theme "Let This Be A Sign" was held in one little news segment on the Nightly News Report. Who would have guessed? Well, I'm very glad to have that out of the way and now it is on to the next quandary. What am I going to do for my Year of the Horse card for the exchange on the Barenforum site? I'll be watching the news for inspiration. And, I'm thinking it will be a woodblock print - just for a change of pace and because the fingers are actually feeling pretty good these days! Just will be keeping those fingers crossed that Arthur Itis doesn't rear his ugly head before I'm finished.