This print is on its way to Illinois for Real People 2015! When I was making this series of home prints I would take pictures of the different stages. I only have photos of the first 3 stages of this one, but it's easy to imagine the last 3 or 4 colors.
Going into these I would start with an overall sketch and a plan for what colors I would use and where (at least the first 3 or 4). I would paint each stencil one by one and adjust the colors as needed as the print progressed.
Looking at the first few stages actually gives me an uneasy feeling-- it is so open, there is so much room for something to go "wrong" (anything from a slightly off color to a registration error). And the more you print the more you're committed and the more that's at stake if the next layer doesn't work. But, it's a rare mistake that can actually ruin a print (especially for silkscreen). There's usually a way out, even if it leads somewhere unexpected.
The First Friday Art/Watch was tons of fun with a huge turn out. We had some great conversations on cyanotyping, my process, Artspace, and Michigan City. Visitors got to tone their own cyanotypes and during the event I created a large cyanotype and finished up my 6' piece for Artspace by spot toning.
Fourth of July was a beautiful day and since we had leftover cyanotype paper from Art/Watch we decided to try cyanotyping at the beach! I had heard about people cyanotyping in the ocean and wondered what it would be like since I normally try to maintain a lot of control when cyanotyping, and working on the beach would pretty much epitomize a lack of control.
Overall it was a lot of fun, and there were some nice surprises (for instance, sand blocks light beautifully!). It was hard to tell, though, when the prints were washed out well enough and it was very easy to overexpose with these delicate materials and lose the high contrast (and, alternatively, it was easy to end up with a big white underexposed blob). Choose your materials and space them carefully!