I had red and blue fingers by the end of Making Friday, after spending most of the day trying out the same print in different layouts and combinations, in a very small range of variables, namely: red or blue / right side or upside down / different kinds of spacing.
I enjoy this rather repetitive patternmaking exercise because of the way I have little choice but to commit to an idea and follow it through before I can know how it will turn out. There’s no Whizz! Bang! of multiple options, like on the computer, which is a bit of a relief, actually. All the endless choices can be exhausting! With manual block printing, you have to succeed or fail all the way to the end, and it’s a good feeling either way!