I wanted to include closeup, dreamy images of the marine habitat that could be overlaid with a poem, told from the viewpoint of the child in the moment of discovery, to run through the book on translucent leaves.
These images were first tested using bitmapped plates with a final stochastic dot plate for value. The final images were printed with 3 custom colors using the stochastic dot on all 3 plates, printed on natural thick kozo paper.
Test on MacGregor abaca paper with 2-step gold ink and a gampi overlay
Also tested on handmade Katie MacGregor paper, no gold with kozo overlay
Comparison of habitat spread and specimen image
Printing the light blue plate of the mussel image
Next, the brown and then dark blue.