Notice in the image above that I caught some of the gloss on the surface, showing you where the ink is thick. In the image below, you can see that those extra glossy areas left more ink on the plate to be printed in the ghost image.
There is way more work than meets the eye to prepare these plates for printing. These four plates are the result of two days of work, and they're not ready to print yet. I need to trim off the outer edges, hand carve and clean up the carved spaces, add another layer of shellac to prevent the carved areas from absorbing ink, let them dry for a day, and then sand them smooth. By the time I see the first results of this inspiration, I will have spent about 60 hours preparing the plates. It's a good thing I trust my muse! That's a lot of time to spend on something I've never done before.
I can't wait to show you some of the results. Next week, I hope.